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Pig producers warned of the effects of seasonal infertility

‘Seasonal infertility’ is one of the most common challenges faced by pig producers during the summer and autumn period. It is a natural occurrence which still remains within today’s modern farming systems in general and outdoor units in particular.

The issue of seasonal infertility was inherited from the wild pig, which is naturally a short day seasonal breeder that has evolved to be less fertile after the summer solstice to avoid farrowing during winter. It still occurs in modern genotypes, albeit at varying levels, and is a phenomenon that has management implications. But it can also impact on the feeding regime, according to ABN’s Pig Nutritionist Steve Jagger. 

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