Low birth weights affect productivity

Pig researchers are finding that birth weight can have significant impact on an animal’s reproductive performance in later life. And that’s not all, said Mark Estienne, a Virginia Tech pig physiologist. “The way the sows are managed in gestation can also impact future reproduction in the gilts that are farrowed by those sows,” he told […] Read more

Breeding soundness key to goat producers’ bottom line

OLDS, Alta. — Reproductive failure means loss of profit for livestock producers. “When I think of reproductive efficiency, I think of money,” An Pieschel said at the Alberta Goat Association’s annual meeting in Olds Oct. 2. Pieschel, a goat producer and small ruminant specialist at Tennessee State University, explained her holistic approach, in which it […] Read more