Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Ryan, L. Peter

Committee Member

Rude, J. Brian

Committee Member

Cunningham, L. Fred

Committee Member

Crenshaw, A. Mark

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences


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.



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