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Swine it #106: Why do we still struggle with sow milk yield? - Dr. Chantal Farmer

1 September 2021, at 11:12am

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"𝘞𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘴𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢 𝘭𝘰𝘵 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘴𝘰𝘸𝘴. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘰𝘸𝘴 𝘥𝘰𝘯’𝘵 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘦 𝘦𝘯𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘬 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘯 𝘮𝘢𝘹𝘪𝘮𝘶𝘮 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘸𝘵𝘩 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘪𝘨𝘭𝘦𝘵, 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘥𝘰𝘯’𝘵 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘦 𝘦𝘯𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘤𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘮 𝘪𝘯 𝘢 𝘭𝘰𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘤𝘢𝘴𝘦𝘴, 𝘴𝘰 𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘸𝘦 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘧𝘰𝘤𝘶𝘴. 𝘞𝘦 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘱𝘶𝘵 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘧𝘰𝘤𝘶𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘰𝘯𝘭𝘺 𝘰𝘯 𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘴𝘪𝘻𝘦 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘢𝘭𝘴𝘰 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘤𝘢𝘱𝘢𝘤𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘰𝘸." - 𝗗𝗿. 𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝗙𝗮𝗿𝗺𝗲𝗿

𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻:

1. Mammary tissue development
2. Soybean in the diet
3. Types of fiber influencing milk and colostrum yield
4. Colostrum amounts
5. Colostrum development in the late gestation period
6. Milking capacity of the sow

𝗠𝗲𝗲𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗴𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁: Dr. Farmer is a research scientist in sow lactation biology working at the Sherbrooke Research and Development Centre of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. She obtained her B.Sc. from McGill University (1980), her M.Sc. from the University of Saskatchewan (1982), and her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University (1986). Dr. Farmer’s research goal is to increase sow milk yield, hence piglet growth. She was a pioneer in studying mammary development in gilts and sows and identifying factors affecting it. She published 150 scientific manuscripts, 7 book chapters, and is the sole editor of a recently published book entitled “The gestating and lactating sow” that was also translated and published in Chinese.