Causes of piglet mortality and neonatal death

Causes of piglet mortality and neonatal death

The primary aim of this project is to study predisposing factors for piglet mortality, with emphasis on uterine environment, maternal behavioural traits and their genetic component.

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In collaboration with professor Inger Lise Andersen (PI) and her research team at the Department of Animal and Aquacultural Sciences, NMBU, we are conducting the following activities:

A study of the effects of using straw vs. peat as nest building material on nest building and maternal behaviour, piglet survival and weight development.

A study on causes of piglet mortality by conducting post mortem investigations including microbiological and histological diagnoses of > 1000 dead piglets

A study on the impact of placental development, piglet maturity at birth, biochemical and haematological parameters on piglet mortality in different breeds

Norsk tittel: Årsaker til spedgrisdød; betydningen av miljøet i livmoren

Prosjektet har som mål å undersøke hvilke faktorer som disponerer for spedgrisdød. Det legges spesiell vekt på miljøet i livmoren og purkas morsegenskaper.