It’s Time For You To Propose!
Message to Researchers and Industry from the CEO
I am hoping you can once again contribute to further enhancement of our R&D program and deliver more system changing outcomes for the industry. I think there is plenty of scope for your input and ideas across the four programs within the priority areas, and unlimited scope through innovation and commercialisation proposals. While the timeline is rather tight and some work required over the Christmas period, applications need to be submitted by email before COB Thursday January 9, 2014.
The brief for the call, and all the required information and templates are now available for download. If you have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Rennet supplementation to piglets after birth had no significant effects on piglet globulin levels or survival, but the progeny of gilts face real challenges in early life. Researchers lead by University of Adelaide’s Professor Peter Cockcroft investigated the effect of oral rennet supplementation in the first 12 hours after birth on serum globulin levels assessed 48-72 hours after birth and the survival and performance of piglets born to multiparous sows and gilts, and sows within each parity group that were induced to farrow or were allowed to farrow naturally.
Rennet supplementation (dose and source given in report 2C-107) had no significant effect on any trait measured. Piglets born to sows had heavier birth and weaning weights (8.06 vs. 6.27 kg) and a lower pre-weaning mortality (7% vs.12%) than those born to gilts. Immunoglobulin levels were also significantly higher for piglets born to sows compared to those born to gilts. Similar effects were seen with increasing litter size (less globulin, lighter pigs and higher mortality). Interestingly litter size was the same for sows and gilts suggesting the difference in birth weight (1.74 vs. 1.42 kg) was associated with prenatal nutrition per se and we may need to think more about what we can do to enhance late embryonic growth and development in gilts. Read More
Dr Rebecca Morrison from Rivalea will host a PigLink entitled Practical Alternatives to the Conventional Farrowing Crate. The webinar is now available for download at the PigLink website at: http://www.piglink.com.au/. The seminar Q & A session will be run on Wednesday, 11th December at 13:00 (1pm) Eastern Daylight Time, (10:00 AWST, 12:00 AEST, 12:30 ACDT, 15:00 NZ). The free number to call in on is 1800 857 029 (or 0800 448 298 for NZ) and your code is 2572 5846.