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Selection for improved lean growth in Large White pigs can affect levels of total white blood cell counts, CD11R1+ leukocytes and alpha-1 acid glycoprotein

  • M. Clapperton (a1), S. C. Bishop (a1), N. D. Cameron (a1) and E. J. Glass (a1)

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Productivity in pigs can be improved by continued selection, however the impact of such selection on immune responses and resistance towards infectious challenges is not known. A risk is that this method may lead to a correlated reduction in the immune response and disease resistance. To estimate the effect of selection for performance traits upon immune responses, we compared levels of immune traits between divergent lines of Large White pigs selected for either lean growth under restricted feeding or feed intake.

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Cameron, N. D. 1994. Selection for components of efficient lean growth-rate in pigs. 1. Selection pressure applied and direct responses in a Large White herd. Animal Production 59: 251262.
Haverson, K., Bailey, M., Stokes, C. R., Simon, A., LeFlufy, L., Banfield, G., Chen, Z., Hollemweguer, E. and Ledbetter, J.A. 2001. Monoclonal antibodies raised to human cells – specificity for pig leukocytes. Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology 80: 175186.

Selection for improved lean growth in Large White pigs can affect levels of total white blood cell counts, CD11R1+ leukocytes and alpha-1 acid glycoprotein

  • M. Clapperton (a1), S. C. Bishop (a1), N. D. Cameron (a1) and E. J. Glass (a1)

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