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The performance of sows and litters penned individually or grouped in late lactation

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 September 2010

A. M. Petchey
Affiliation:
School of Agriculture, 581 King Street, Aberdeen AB9 1UD
T. L. Dodsworth
Affiliation:
School of Agriculture, 581 King Street, Aberdeen AB9 1UD
P. R. English
Affiliation:
School of Agriculture, 581 King Street, Aberdeen AB9 1UD
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Abstract

Piglets in litters reared in groups from 3 to 7 weeks of age weighed less at weaning (7 weeks) than piglets in which litters were penned individually. Some of the difference between the two management systems was created within the week after grouping. Grouping sows and their litters did not initiate oestrus in lactation. The subsequent litter size of the grouped sows was reduced but between-treatment differences for this trait failed to reach significance at the 5% level.

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Copyright © British Society of Animal Science 1978

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