Evaluation of a Physiological Test for Sow Longevity

A gilt’s response to early boar exposure has been shown to be a viable option for estimating her lifetime productivity as a sow. Unfortunately, providing adequate boar exposure at young ages poses several practical and biosecurity issues for many multiplication…

Development of Strategies to Improve Sow Productive Lifetime

Numerous factors, including herd-life (length in days), removal parity, total piglets born and the number of piglets weaned, impact sow productive lifetime. Like many complex traits that are controlled through numerous loci and that are subject to environmental influence, sow…