The farrowing interval is one of the production parameters more commonly used as an indicator of the production efficiency of a farm.
Does the complexity and expense of genomics mean that it will only be available to the major global pig breeding companies in the future? If the price of genotyping continues to reduce, it may be possible for medium and smaller size breeding companies to share funding and identify desired genotypes.
This article suggests some solutions to the main problems encountered in pregnancies with group housing.
The two main factors that make that certain farms have not been successful adapting to the animal welfare regulations are design and handling/management.
Which factors affect the WTSI? Among the factors with a biggest influence we have: inadequate intake during lactation, season of the year, and length of the lactation.
One of the greatest long-term potentials for genomic selection is to identify specific genes or genomic regions with a significant impact on pig health and to aid selection for disease resistance and/or disease tolerance.
Novel cryopreservation methods and containers are designed to increase semen cryosurvival without disturbing production of conventional liquid semen doses. This provides opportunities for gene banking and preserved fertility when inseminated deep intra uterine, alongside undisturbed commercial AI-dose production.
Small piglets with a low viability are a growing problem, and they represent one of the main causes of pre-weaning mortality.