This study was designed to examine differences in maternal behavior between two breeds, the Meishan breed from China and the Yorkshire/Landrace (YL) cross. This was a preliminary trial aimed at gathering data to appropriately design a more extensive study. Identification of maternal behavioral contributions to piglet survivability may assist in reducing production losses caused by the sow.
Iowa State University
Hohenshell, L. M.; Minick, Jennifer A.; Lay, D. C. Jr.; and Ford, Stephen P., "Maternal Behavior Potentially Affecting Offspring Survivability: a Comparison Between Meishan and Yorkshire X Landrace (YL) Sows" (1997). Swine Research Report, 1996. 20.