Maternal treatment with somatotropin alters embryonic development and early postnatal growth of pigs.

@article{Kelley1995MaternalTW,
  title={Maternal treatment with somatotropin alters embryonic development and early postnatal growth of pigs.},
  author={Robert L. Kelley and Steve Jungst and Thomas E Spencer and Walter Frank Owsley and C Hardin Rahe and Dustin R. Mulvaney},
  journal={Domestic animal endocrinology},
  year={1995},
  volume={12 1},
  pages={83-94}
}
A possible management strategy to alter fetal development and enhance sow productivity and progeny performance was examined by maternal administration of porcine somatotropin during early gestation. Eighteen crossbred gilts were bred naturally to boars of similar genetics, and pregnancy was confirmed between Days 21 and 24 of gestation by ultrasound. All animals were allowed ad libitum consumption of a 16% CP gestation diet through Day 21 of gestation and 3.0 kg/d for the remainder of gestation… CONTINUE READING