Maternal Behavior Potentially Affecting Offspring Survivability: a Comparison Between Meishan and Yorkshire X Landrace (YL) Sows
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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.