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Indicators of piglet survival in an outdoor farrowing system

Lookup NU author(s): Emerita Professor Sandra Edwards


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Pre-weaning piglet mortality continues to be a major welfare and economic concern. In outdoor farrowing systems, there is a particular need to broaden breeding goals by incorporating selection for piglet survival to improve both productivity and welfare. This study aimed to identify behavioural and physiological survival indicators that are influential in outdoor systems and that could provide additional information for use when selecting for piglet survival. Data were collected from 511 piglets from Large White x Landrace x Duroc sows and Generalised Linear Mixed Models determined which indicators were most important for piglet survival in an outdoor system. With respect to prenatal mortality (surviving vs. stillborn piglets) high ponderal index (P

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Author(s): Baxter EM, Jarvis S, Sherwood L, Robson SK, Ormandy E, Farish M, Smurthwaite KM, Roehe R, Lawrence AB, Edwards SA

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Livestock Science

Year: 2009

Volume: 124

Issue: 1-3

Pages: 266-276

ISSN (print): 1871-1413

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Publisher: Elsevier BV


DOI: 10.1016/j.livsci.2009.02.008


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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
Scottish Government
FOOD-Cr-2004-506508European Commission