Improving timing of farrowing

Immerse yourself in pig reproduction, fertility and breeding with an honours project in animal science.

Piglets at Roseworthy campus

The aim will be to determine whether a longer-acting oxytocin will enhance the timing of parturition and survivability of neonatal pigs.

Induction of parturition in sows is frequently performed in commercial practice. Oxytocin can also be administered to improve timing of piglet delivery. However, the commercially available products can also result in piglet hypoxia and increased stillbirths.

This study will examine an alternate product to determine whether we can get the benefits of oxytocin without the problems.

Key methodology: Sows will be induced using prostaglandin with or without addition oxytocin or carbetocin.


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