|Institution:||Mississippi State University|
|Department:||Animal and Dairy Sciences|
|Keywords:||Carcass Quality; Gilts; Reproduction; Raw Soybeans|
|Full text PDF:||http://sun.library.msstate.edu/ETD-db/theses/available/etd-04022009-155355/|
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.