Hope ahead for combating infertility in pigs

02 Feb, 2011 01:39 PM
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A NEW round of research is offering fresh hope on how to more effectively combat, if not defeat, infertility in pigs.

While researchers caution that eliminating the costly problem of seasonal infertility in pigs is at this stage probably beyond reach, a considerable study supported by Australia’s Pork Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), has been pulled together to determine how best to combat the problem, how producers can recognise the major risk factors and what steps they can take to minimise its impact.

Professor Paul Hughes of SARDI and Dr William van Wettere of the The University of Adelaide have summarised the latest information on the what, why and how of seasonal infertility and its effect on fertility and fecundity.

Titled ‘Seasonal Infertility In Pigs’, the compact, informative six page brochure can be downloaded from the Pork CRC’s website http://www.porkcrc.com.au/101217_ SI.pdf, or a printed copy ordered by contacting Suzanne Merry, Pork CRC, Tel 08 83037685.

With seasonal infertility manifested by pigs struggling with coming into heat and exhibiting higher rates of early pregnancy failure, typically in summer and early autumn, now is the time to seek out answers and perhaps implement some Pork CRC supported research to better deal with seasonal infertility issues.

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