Advisor

Ryan, L. Peter

Committee Member

Rude, J. Brian

Committee Member

Cunningham, L. Fred

Committee Member

Crenshaw, A. Mark

Date of Degree

5-1-2009

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science

College

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department

Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences

Abstract

The administration of raw soybeans to the diet of prepubertal gilts had no effect (p>0.05) on age to puberty, number of corpora lutea, or embryos present. Also, the number of pigs farrowed live and 28d litter weights did not differ between gilts consuming the raw soybean diet and gilts consuming the control diet. There was a reduction (p<0.05) in the number of pigs weaned in the group consuming the raw soybeans but no differences (p>0.05) in weaning weights. Gilts fed the raw soybean diet had a reduction (p=0.05) of hot carcass weights compared to gilts consuming the control diet but exhibited no differences for other carcass parameters measured. Thermal imaging was able to differentiate gilts in estrus versus diestrus. Gilts in estrus had greater (p<0.05) surface area temperatures than gilts in diestrus.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/15154

Comments

Carcass Quality||Gilts||Reproduction||Raw Soybeans

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