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Factors affecting fertility of female pigs

This animal science project will study the effect of maternal parity and suckled litter size on sexual development of female pigs.

Improving the fertility and reproductive efficiency of breeding sows is vital to maintaining the productivity of the pig industry. 

Previous work in my group has demonstrated a relationship between maternal parity, pre-weaning growth and circulating anti-mullerian hormone levels on ovarian characteristics of female pigs. 

This project will further define this relationship, whilst also establishing the relationship between AMH, ovarian function and sexual maturity in female pigs.

Skills learnt will include: hormone assays, pig handling, blood collection, and in vitro embryo production.

Will van Wettere

Supervisor

Dr Will Van Wettere

Research area: Production animal health

Recommended honours enrolment: Honours in Animal Science

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