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Effect of long and short-term protein nutrition on the metabolic status, body composition and reproductive performance of gilts

  • J. Slevin (a1), J. Wiseman (a1), M.G. Hunter (a1), R.M. Walker (a1) and R. Webb (a1)...

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Reproductive failure is a source of major economic loss to the UK pig industry, accounting for 0.5 of all first parity gilt cullings (MLC Pig Year Book, 1995). Previous research (Cameron et al, 1999) has shown that rearing gilts on a diet formulated to support maximal protein deposition has beneficial effects on ovulation rate at 3rd oestrus. The aim of the current experiment was to develop further the previous model to assess long and short-term effects of protein nutrition on reproductive performance, body composition and metabolic status.

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Cameron, J., Wiseman, J., Webb, R., and M.G., Hunter (1999) Effect of protein accretion rate on reproductive performance in the gilt between 50 kg and 3rd oestrus, Proceedings of the Society of Animal Science, 1999, (Abstr)

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