Program 1 – Projects & Final Reports

Final research reports made available on this website 
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SubProgram 1A – Mating and Lactation Innovations

1A-101: Strategies to enhance oestrus induction in lactating sows – Jeff Downing, University of Sydney – Summary     Report

1A-102: Managing the sow to stimulate lactational ovulation Will van Wettere, University of Adelaide – Summary    Report

1A-103: Optimising the time of mating in easy-to-manage lactation systems to improve pregnancy outcomes and weaning – Pieter Langendijk, SARDI – Summary Report

1A-104: Maximising fertility and fecundity of sows mated during lactation – Will van Wettere, University of Adelaide  – Summary   Report

1A-105: Developing commercially-viable, confinement-free farrowing and lactation systems – Rebecca Morrison, Rivalea –   Part 1 Summary  Report Part 2Interim Report   Summary    Final Report

1A-106: Development of a lactational oestrus induction protocol that can be implemented in confinement free sow housing systems – Jeff Downing, University of Sydney –  Summary   Report

1A-107: Reducing early embryonic loss in the pig – Mark Nottle, University of Adelaide – Summary   Report

1A-108: Reducing labour costs and increasing synchrony and predictability of lactation oestrus – Roy Kirkwood, University of Adelaide – Summary   Report

1A-109: Innovative refinements of existing lactation pen systems to better suit Australian environmental and management systems – Rebecca Morrison, Rivalea Summary Report

1A-110: Reducing confinement of peri-parturient and lactating sows – Will van Wettere, University of Adelaide – Summary Report

1A-111: Developing ways to measure and increase sow contentment – Rebecca Doyle, AWSC, University of Melbourne – SummaryReport

1A-112: Commercial evaluation of lactational oestrous – Rebecca Athorn, Rivalea Summary Report

1A-113: Welfare implications of group lactation at various ages – Jean-Loup Rault, University of Melbourne Summary Report

1A-114: Can oxytocin nasal spray improve gilt behaviour during the peri-partum period and increase the weaning weight of piglets. – Cameron Ralph, SARDI

1A-115: The feeding behaviour of sows and its relationships to sow welfare and reproduction. Megan Verdon, University of Melbourne – Summary Report

1A-116: Managing light and mat surface temperature in creep areas to minimize dangerous piglet behaviour associated with crushing – Jean-Loup Rault, University of Melbourne – Summary Report

1A-117: A systematic review of farrowing pens: factors responsible for high performance – Kate Plush – Australian Pork Farms Group Ltd (“SunPork Farms South”) – Summary Report

1A-118: Fenceline boar exposure at the end of lactation to improve reproductive performance of group-housed sows – Will van Wettere, University of Adelaide – SummaryReport

1A-119: Using an anti-inflammatory to increase piglet survival and growth in crates and pens – Kate Plush – Australian Pork Farms Group Ltd (“SunPork Farms South”) – Summary Report

SubProgram 1B – Innovative Weaning Systems

1B-101: Novel strategies to enhance creep attractiveness and reduce piglet mortality – Alexandra Whittaker, University of Adelaide – Summary    Report

1B-102: Peri-weaning polyamine supplementation a novel strategy to improve piglet survival and growth post-weaning – Will van Wettere, University of Adelaide – Summary   Report

1B-103: The effects of alternate lactation housing on piglet welfare and performance around weaning – Kate Plush, University of Adelaide –  Summary    Report 

1B-104: The gradual weaning of piglets: how an intermittent suckling regime can contribute to pigs overcoming nutritional and environmental stressors at weaning – John Pluske, Murdoch University – SummaryReport

1B-105:  Effects of multi-suckling on piglet welfare and performance pre- and post-weaning – David Lines, Australian Pork Farms Group – Summary Report

1B-106: A novel sow-piglet separation technique in lactation to enhance piglet welfare and production after weaningJohn Pluske, Murdoch University SummaryReport

 

SubProgram 1C- Management of Sows in Groups

1C-101: Physical and Nutritional Interventions to reduce sow lameness – Rob van Barneveld, CHM Alliance – Summary Expt1   Summary    Report

1C-102: Effects of aggressive characteristics of individual sows and mixing strategies on the productivity and welfare of group-housed gestating sows – Paul Hemsworth, University of Melbourne – Summary   Report

1C-103: Optimising the management of group-housed gestating sows – Paul Hughes, SARDI – Summary Report

1C-104: Lactation Pens – Geordie Charles, CIFE, Clara Singh, University of Melbourne –   Report

1C-105: Effects of floor space on the welfare of group housed sows – Paul Hemsworth, University of Melbourne  – Summary     Report

1C-106: Reducing aggression in group-housed gestating sows through manipulation of dietary water holding capacity and hind-gut fermentation substrates to control gut distension and blood VFA levels – Rob van Barneveld, CHM  – Summary   Report

1C-107: Improving behaviour, welfare and commercial performance of group housed sows through development of appropriate selection criteria – Kim Bunter, AGBU – Summary Report

1C-108: The sensitivity of sows to stressors throughout gestation – Jean-Loup Rault, University of Melbourne – Summary   Report 

1C-109: Animal welfare monitoring in research settings – Maxine Rice, University of Melbourne – Summary   Report

1C-111: Effects of group housing after weaning on sow welfare and sexual behaviour – Jean-Loup Rault, University of Melbourne – Summary   Report

1C-112: Literature Review on effects of group housing both post-weaning and post-insemination on sow productivity and welfare – Paul Hemsworth, University of Melbourne  – Summary   Report

1C-113: Welfare and productivity of sows and litters housed in farrowing pens compared to farrowing crates – Paul Hemsworth, University of Melbourne – Summary Report

1C-114: Reducing sow stress around farrowing – Kate Plush, University of Adelaide – Summary  Report

1C-115: Nutritional management strategies to reduce aggression at mixing of unfamiliar sows – Tracy Muller, CHM Alliance  – Summary     Report

1C-116: Enriching the environment of group housed sows using straw / hay in racks – Will van Wettere, University of Adelaide – Summary Report

1C-117: Influence of social grouping before and after mating on sow welfare and fertility under commercial conditions – Roy Kirkwood, University of Adelaide – Cancelled

1C-118: Sham-chewing and sow welfare and productivity – Lauren Hemsworth, The University of Melbourne –  Summary Report

1C-119: Brain-derived neurotrophic factor as an indicator of environmental enrichment effectiveness – Jean-Loup Rault, University of Melbourne – Summary Report

1C-120: Human enrichment program for breeding sows: proof of concept – Paul Hemsworth,  The University of Melbourne – Summary Report

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