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

Immerse yourself in pig reproduction, fertility and breeding. This project aims to alleviate sow pain and discomfort during parturition and determine whether this improves piglet performance.

Pig sow piglets

Parturition, particularly with young sows, can be painful and/or stressful with potential adverse effects on subsequent lactation.

This study will employ corticosteroid and/or NSAID treatments to reduce stress with subsequent monitoring of farrowing performance, neonatal piglet viability, and preweaning growth rate (a measure of milk yield).

Key methodology: Sows will be treated prepartum or serve as controls and their farrowing performance monitored directly of via video. Piglet weights will be recorded at birth and weaning

Supervisor

Tagged in Honours projects - Animal science, Honours projects - Roy Kirkwood, Honours in Animal Science subtheme - Production animal health, Honours projects - Kate Plush