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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Research Project: Optimal Dietary Energy and Protein for the Development of Gilts

Location: Reproduction Research

Project Number: 3040-31000-091-09
Project Type: Specific Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Feb 01, 2014
End Date: Dec 15, 2014

Objective:
Assess the contribution of gilt social structure on gilt development and sow lifetime productivity.

Approach:
Within the larger sow trial, a subset of gilts will be video recorded to allow an assessment of social hierarchies within the pen environments. These hierarchies will then be correlated with measures of gilt development and retention of sows to 3rd parity. Within this subset, relationships with hormonal changes will also be evaluated.

Last Modified: 10/31/2014
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