The animals that were retained several times throughout the flow originated from sows with lower average parity. They had a much lower carcass weight (around 10kg) and a higher average score for lameness, pleurisy and enzootic pneumonia lesions.
Julia Adriana Calderón Díaz
She graduated in Agricultural Sciences in 2005 from the Pan-American Agricultural School ‘Zamorano’, Honduras. She continued with her MSc studies under the Erasmus Mundus programme in the European Master in Animal Breeding and Genetics at the Universität für Bodenkultur, Vienna, Austria, and at AgroParisTech, Paris, France, resulting in the achievement of 2 MSc degrees in 2009. Additionally, she conducted her MSc thesis project at the INRA Jouy-en-Josas, France, estimating correlative responses on sow reproduction in a selection experiment for residual feed intake. She completed her PhD degree in Agriculture and Food Science with a focus on sow welfare and behaviour from the University College Dublin, Ireland in 2014, but as a recipient of a Teagasc Walsh Fellowship, she was based at the Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy, Ireland.
From October 2013 to October 2015, she worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Animal Science at the Iowa State University in the U.S. National Pork Board “Sow Lifetime Productivity” project focusing on improving sow longevity through feeding practices during the gilt developmental period. She is currently working as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Pig Development department, Teagasc Animal and Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork, Ireland, working on a project regarding risk factors for respiratory diseases in growing-finishing pigs.
Updated CV 27-Sep-2016