Reproduction results and offspring performance after non-surgical embryo transfer in pigs

D.W.B. Ducro-Steverink, C.G.W. Peters, C.C. Maters, W. Hazeleger, J.W.M. Merks

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Abstract

Increased interest in transfer of valuable genetic material around the world with minimal health risks has stimulated the development of non-surgical embryo transfer (nsET) technologies in pigs. Experimental evidence shows that nsET without sedation of the recipients is now feasible. The goal of this study, therefore, was to evaluate a method of nsET under commercial conditions. The experiment included 135 donor gilts and 45 multiparous recipient sows. Ovulation was induced in both donors and recipients, and nsET was performed using the Swinlet® catheter. Donor gilts averaged 16.5 (7–45) corpora lutea, but this depended on age of the donor (P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)522-531
JournalTheriogenology
Volume62
Issue number3-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004

Keywords

  • pregnancy
  • transport
  • piglets

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