Title: Longevity a welfare of sows: Genetic factors, nutritional management of growing gilts and control of urinary tract infections

Funding Source: EPAnEK

Budget IMBBC: 39,048€

Start / End Date: 2018 - 2021

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Project Progress: 100%

Principal Investigator:

Ioannis (Yannis) Kotzamanis

Research Directions:


The aim of the project is to improve the competitiveness of Greek swine farms through interventions in genetic selection & nutrition of growing young piglets to replace & understand the pathogenesis & prevention capabilities of PDO, through the following objectives:

1) Characterization & quantification of chewing alterations & analysis of the correlations between the occurrence of chewing alterations, the occurrence of chronic inflammation lesions in the chewing gum and the lameness between genetically selected pigs & sexually developed and developed as young animals without replacement animals & correlation of alterations with food amino acid levels.

2) Comparison of productivity & longevity between pigs that were genetically selected and developed as young replacement animals with or without dietary chemicals.