News: Honours projects - Kate Plush

Maternal caffeine supplementation on thermoregulation & survival of new born lambs

Lamb sitting in grass

Honours project: This project builds on our work in pigs demonstrating a positive effect of maternal caffeine supplementation on piglet survival and thermoregulation.

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Impact of birth trauma on piglet mortality

Piglets suckling

Honours project: Are lesions indicative of birth trauma present on still-born piglets? If so, are these lesions are also present on piglets dying from other causes.

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Improving timing of farrowing

Piglets at Roseworthy campus

Honours project: Determine whether a longer-acting oxytocin will enhance the timing of parturition and survivability of neonatal pigs.

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Reducing sow pain & discomfort during farrowing: effects on lactation performance

Pig sow piglets

Honours project: This study will employ corticosteroid and/or NSAID treatments to reduce stress with subsequent monitoring of farrowing performance, neonatal piglet viability, and pre-weaning growth rates.

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