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Light Pig Syndrome: what causes it and how can it be overcome?
The aim of the project is to develop treatments for light pigs that will decrease the deficit in their growth. In order to propose appropriate treatments for these pigs it is necessary to identify the reasons that might have contributed to the delay in growth and whether pigs would benefit from remedial measures.

Seasonal infertility in UK pig production
Seasonal infertility is a recognised production problem in the pig industry, affecting herds mainly in the summer months and early autumn. Previous research has failed to provide a definitive answer as to how environmental factors affect pig production and when seasonal infertility is likely to occur on a unit.

Re-designing the farrowing environment from first principles to optimise animal welfare and economic performance (PIGSAFE)
The PIGSAFE Project (Piglet and Sow Alternative Farrowing Environment) has the objective of developing and testing a practical non-crate system for indoor farrowing accommodation.

Genetics of litter size and foetal loss in pigs
The aims of this project were to identify the components of DNA (QTL – quantitative trait loci) that are closely linked to reproductive traits, including litter size and embryo survival and to identify and characterize these influential genes.