Duration - Sadie Douglas 2010-2013
Sadie completed her MSc in Control of Infectious Diseases in Animals in 2009 and before that a BSc in Bioveterinary Science, both at the Royal Veterinary College, London. She is now at Newcastle pursuing her new found interest in pig .
Project Aims and Objectives
The aim of the project is to develop treatments for light pigs that will enable them to improve their growth. In order to propose appropriate treatments for these pigs, a protocol will be developed to identify the reasons that might have contributed to the growth check and whether pigs would be able to benefit from remedial measures.
Potential Benefit to Industry:
Poor growth has both financial and environmental implications for the pig industry, particularly because it may be associated with poor food conversion efficiency, but also because of system inefficiencies arising from the culling of very light pigs and from keeping animals for a longer period of time on farm. In addition, lightweight pigs increase the variability within a group and this can be associated with inefficient pen utilisation in batch systems and/or financial penalties at the abattoir for poor grading specification. Appropriate treatments of light pigs that accrue benefits on their growth will have a higher chance of adoption by the pig industry and will lead to economic, animal welfare and environmental benefits.