Document Type

Report

Publication Date

3-7-2016

Abstract

Feed is the largest cost in pork production; therefore, improving feed efficiency can increase producer profitability. Furthermore improved feed efficiency can support industry competitiveness, decrease the demand on global feed resources, and complement environmental sustainability. Genetically, selective breeding for residual feed intake (RFI) shows promise in meeting these increased demands. However, it is important to balance the benefits of feed efficiency selection with the pig’s ability to cope with stress and its welfare. Therefore, this factsheet will discuss physiological and behavioral stress research on swine selected on the basis of RFI.

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This report is published as Samaneh Azarpajouh, Jessica Colpoys, Jack Dekkers, Nicholas Gabler, John F. Patience, Anna K. Johnson. 2016. How has selection for residual feed intake (RFI) affected the grow‐finish pig’s ability to cope with stress? Pork Information Gateway. Factsheet PIG 05-03-03, U.S. Pork Center of Excellence. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

U.S. Pork Center of Excellence

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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