Hyper-Prolificacy and Acceptable Post-Natal Development-A Possible Contradiction

  title={Hyper-Prolificacy and Acceptable Post-Natal Development-A Possible Contradiction},
  author={George Foxcroft},
Although the components of litter size (ovulation rate, embryonic survival and uterine capacity) responsive to genetic selection are well established. However, the reality in existing “hyper-prolific” sows is that increased selection pressure for numbers born has led to indirect negative effects of intra-uterine crowding, reprogramming of fetal development, less efficient post-natal growth performance and adverse effects on carcass quality at slaughter. Therefore, a considerable amount of the… CONTINUE READING
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