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bp0014cpr13 | Reproductive Management | CPR1993

Seasonal effects on fertility in gilts and sows

Love R. J. , Evans G. , Klupie C. ,

The ancestral wild pig is a short day length seasonal breeder. The domestic pig appears to have retained some of this seasonality as evidenced by a reduction in fertility during the summer—autumn period. The most important aspect of this seasonality is a reduction in the number of mated sows that farrow. Many of these sows conceive and embryos develop normally for 20 - 25 days before pregnancy is terminated and the sow returns to oestrus (25 - 35 days after mating). In ot...