Peri-natal ad libitum feeding increases gestation length and the number of piglets born alive

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Improper sow nutrition can have multiple negative effects to the overall productivity of a farm. With reproduction associated with sow body condition and nutrient supply, one of the major causes of poor reproductive performance is insufficient feed intake and reduced nutrient absorption, limiting the sow’s ability to meet her maintenance and lactation requirements (Yang et al. 2008). Under-feeding throughout gestation will result in greater back fat losses throughout lactation and consequently a delayed return to oestrus and low conception rate. Overweight (also known as overfed) sows are often culled earlier due to locomotive problems and poor performance during lactation (Dourmad et al. 1994).
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventAustralian Society of Animal production (ASAP) conference 2018 - Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga , Australia
Duration: 02 Jul 201805 Jul 2018
Conference number: 32nd (Conference website)


ConferenceAustralian Society of Animal production (ASAP) conference 2018
Abbreviated titleFostering Innovation through the value chain
CityWagga Wagga
OtherAnimal Production 2018 is the only multi-species animal science conference of its kind in Australia, covering sheep, beef cattle, dairy, pig, goat and poultry industries, as well as emerging animal industries This enables cross-industry learning, as it recognises the value of collaboration and that a problem in one industry may have been addressed in another. This year’s theme, "Fostering Innovation Through The Value Chain", aims to encourage producers, consultants and researchers to be innovative to meet growing market demands.
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