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Effect of pre-partum hCG on farrowing performance of older parity sows & their piglets viability

Investigate whether pre-partum hCG will elevate sow blood oestrogen with downstream effects on farrowing duration and neonatal piglet viability and preweaning growth and survival.

Pig sow

Older sows suffer a disproportional rate of stillbirths, possibly due to inadequate uterine muscle tone. Parturition requires elevated oestradiol which, if limited, may result in poorer contractions with resultant stillbirths.

Key methodology: Sows will be treated at specific times prepartum and the progress of farrowing and piglet viability and preweaning growth and survival monitored.

Supervisors

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