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The Neonatal Pig: Development and Survival

Edited By: MA Varley

342 pages, Figs, tabs

CABI Publishing

Hardback | Dec 1995 | #50000 | ISBN: 085198925X
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The pig industry is among the most technologically advanced of all the animal industries. Despite this, mortality is about 12 per cent of all piglets born alive. This figure has not altered substantially in recent years, and is considerably higher than for other farm animals. The biology of neonatal mortality in pigs has generally been poorly understood. This text provides a review of the information available on the neonatal pig. It is divided into three parts: genetics and physiology of the neonatal pig; the gut and nutrition; and diseases, behaviour and husbandry. Although single factors are often ascribed as the cause of death, it is often the case that there are multifactorial components involved. This text should be useful for advanced students, research workers, practitioners and advisers in animal science, veterinary medicine and the pig industry.


Genetics and neonatal survival, A. Blasco, J.P. Bidanel and c. Haley; immununology and neonatal mortality, H.R. Gaskins and K.W. Kelley; thermoregulation and the environment, P. Herpin and J. le Dividich; the development of the neonatal gut and enzyme systems, P.D. Cranwell; the microbiology of the gut and the role of probiotics, F.J. Maxwell and C.S. Stewart; the nutrition of the neonatal piglet, J.R. Pluske, I.H. Williams and F.X. Aherne; principal neonatal diseases, G.P. Martineau, J.P. Vaillancourt and A. Broes; the physical environment and mortality, S.E. Curtis; behaviour and mortality, D. Fraser, P.A. Philips, B.K. Thompson, E. A. Pajor, D.M. Weary and L.A. Braithwaite; human care and the neonatal pig, P.H. Hemsowroth, G.J. Coleman, G.M. Cronin and E.M. Spicer; the way ahead, M.A. Varley.

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