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Pig Anatomy in 3D - Scale Model [16cm]

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Porcine Anatomy - Internal abdominal organs: diaphragm, heart, pig liver, spleen, small intestine, swine lung, heart, stomach, trachea oesophagus. Skeleton bones: vertebral column, forelimb bones scapula humerus radius bone, metacarpus vertebrae leg bones metatarsus tibia fibula, also snout tail hock teeth ribs.


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Fertility & Infertility in Pig Herds
Nutritional Approaches to Arresting a Decline in Fertility in Pigs & Poultry

Continued genetic development of pigs and poultry has been the foundation of profitable production within a competitive market. However, the challenges of these production increases have undoubtedly taken their toll on reproductive function in all breeding livestock, with the incidence of infertility increasing at an alarming rate. For example, it has recently been estimated that over 40% of sows are culled due to fertility problems, compared to just 2% with feet and leg issues.
This edited collection of papers is taken from a series of seminars, devoted to bringing together some of the world’s leading authorities in the field of pig and poultry reproduction. The fundamental aim being to re-examine the current trends in productivity in the porcine and poultry industries, and to identify nutritional means to improve fertility. It considers the effects of essential nutrients in optimising productivity, and discusses innovative applications of nutrition that will help to enhance fertility. The success of such innovations within entrepreneurial integrated systems is also covered, together with the importance of producing a quality chick and piglet at birth/hatching. Finally, the role of management and the need for least cost production is discussed.
Nutritional Approaches to Arresting the decline in Fertility of Pigs and Poultry is aimed at livestock farm managers, feed industry consultants, vets, nutritionists and poultry producers as well as students and researchers studying animal and applied biological sciences. Fertility and Infertility in Pig Herds - Nutrition and diets for fertile production management of sows and boars

  • Recent advances in sow reproductive function
  • Perspective on sow nutritional requirement estimates
  • Case in point - copper
  • Feeding management
  • References

    Organic or inorganic selenium for hyperovulatory first-parity sows?
    Antioxidant status, hormonal response, embryo development & reproductive performance

  • Long-term effects on selenium-related metabolites
  • Short-term effects on selenium-related metabolites & hormone status during the peri-oestral period
  • Reproduction performance on day 30 of gestation
  • References

    Piglets survival: importance for efficient productivity

  • Peri-natal mortality
  • Understanding piglet mortality
  • Importance of colostrum for the piglet’s survival
  • References

    Nutritional management of reproduction

  • Where are we & what do we aim at?
  • Targets for gilt preparation
  • Gestation feeding
  • Lactation feeding
  • Sow Longevity
  • Mineral needs for reproduction
  • Current thinking on organic minerals
  • References

    Role of the boar in maximising reproduction: effects of nutrition & management

  • Reproduction in boars
  • The boar rearing period
  • Nutrition of the breeding boar
  • Mineral & vitamin requirements of boars
  • Feed quality
  • Water requirement of boars
  • Effects of environmental temperature
  • The effects of stockmanship

    Nutrigenomics in pig & poultry production:

  • Feeding the genes for fertility
  • Using genomic information to understand fertility
  • Oligonucleotide microarrays as a tool for examining gene regulation in swine
  • Examining fertility issues using gene expression
  • Nutrigenomics
  • Effects of selenium on gene expression
  • Vision of the future
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Care of Farrowing Sows, Natural Nesting and Birth Behaviour
Preventing sow aggression, stereotypies, crushing, tail-biting - Farrowing pen & creep area design

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Fetal Pig Dissection: A Laboratory Guide
Fetal Pig Dissection for School Biology, Agricultural College & Veterinary Student Education - Laboratory Guide to Swine Embryology

This guide manual for veterinary training, agricultural college courses and school biology teaching directs students through a series of practical swine embryology studies. Full-color photo images and diagrams.
Dissection 1: Skeletal Muscles, Dissection 2: Brachial and Lumbosacral Plexuses and Major Nerves, Dissection 3: Endocrine Organs, Dissection 4: Blood Vessels, Dissection 5: Lymphatic System, Dissection 6: Respiratory System, Dissection 7: Digestive System, Dissection 8: Urinary and Reproductive Systems.

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Each year some pork producers suffer a drop in sow fertility levels in later summer/early autumn
Not related to infectious disease or husbandry factors. This is termed "autumn" [fall] or "seasonal" infertility.

Pig Breeding & Genetics in Relation to Welfare
Welfare of Pigs from Birth to Slaughter
Pig Breeding & Genetics in Relation to Welfare - Welfare of Pigs from Birth to Slaughter 2008 - hogs and swine

A reference manual that covers all aspects of pig production, on the basis of scientific research results. This work contains current, easy-to-understand scientific reviews on animal welfare with over 700 specific references to animal welfare. All aspects of animal welfare with respect to pigs are discussed, from genetic selection and breeding to transportation and slaughter. Written by a panel of international scientific and practical industry experts renowned for their knowledge and work in the area of pig production and welfare.

Swine Breeding & Genetics Topics: Welfare of pregnant & lactating sows; Vigour, Viability & Health; Welfare of growing & finishing pigs; Welfare recently weaned & nursery swine; The Grow-Finish period; Housing & environmental effects on welfare & meat quality of the Grower-Finisher pig; Breeding pigs for improved welfare; Genetics and animal breeding; Pig breeding today; Direct influence of breeding procedures on welfare; Heterosis improves piglet vitality; Selection for increased litter size requires selection for piglet survival; Maternal behaviour & fear; Sow’s ability to produce milk and to use body reserves; Relation between growth, leanness, feed conversion & welfare; Leg weakness and longevity; Selection against or for extreme stress sensitivity?; Selection for improved resistance to micro-organisms; Breeding instead of castration?; Selection against ‘bad behaviour’; Selection for decreased environmental sensitivity; Data needed to improve welfare by breeding.

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European Association for Animal Production - Published by Wageningen
Breeding, Production Recording, Health & Evaluation of Farm Animals
(Cattle & Sheep)
NOTE: Pigs not included
Breeding, Production Recording, Health Evaluation of Farm Animals - European Association for Animal Production Focus of this book is domestic farm livestock recording, aimed at improving the management of herds and flocks and increasing their productivity. New strategies for recording are illustrated and the most updated technologies are presented, on the basis of national experiences where such technologies are already adopted.

Cattle are the prominent species, two parts are dedicated to small ruminants recording and to buffalo recording. Future challenges and opportunities for further development of ICAR and the definition of the future scenarios in the animal recording sector are also described.
A special section is dedicated to "Improving the health traits by recording and evaluation", where the past and future of animal recording and the use of animal recording data for genetic evaluation and breeding are defined. Another section deals with the "ICAR Reference Laboratory Network", where the reference systems, the principles and the practices for calibration system for routine milk testing are presented.
Includes EU national statistics data on the "Yearly enquiry on the situation of milk recording in member countries". Describes methodologies used at national level for milk recording, national data for milk production, the costs of recording and the productivity and numbers of recorded cattle at national level (divided by species and by herdbook).


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Technology and techniques of artificial breeding and insemination in farm animal livestock - Pigs - Goats - Buffalo - Camelids - Horses

Reproductive Technologies in Farm Animals
(Cattle - Sheep - Pig - Goat - Buffalo - Camel - Horse)

Prof. Ian Gordon

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Swine management and Pig Production Biological principles - hogs and pigs

Pig Production
Biological Principles & Applications

Dr. John McGlone & Dr. Wilson G. Pond

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  Biology of the Domestic Pig - Comstock Books Editors Dr. Wilson G. Pond and Dr. Harry J. Mersmann

Biology of the Domestic Pig
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Dr. Wilson G. Pond & Dr. Harry J. Mersmann

Reference manual for animal scientists, veterinarians and biomedical researchers reflects the fact that since the 1980s the knowledge base about the physiology and biology of the pig has grown phenomenally. The book offers an integrated description of the full scope of current knowledge. The editors have included chapters on the expandin fields of immunology, endocrinology and genetics. Growth, digestion, nutrition, respiration, excretion and reproduction are extensively treated. The final chapter covers the emerging applications of transgenics, metabolite replacement therapy and xenotranslantation (the use of animal tissues in humans).
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Anatomy and physiology of human pregnancy from conception to birth

From Conception to Birth: A Life Unfolds

by Alexander Tsiaras, Barry Werth
A child’s growth and development in the womb seen through unforgettable images made possible by revolutionary advances in visualization technology
What’s happening with the baby now? All expectant parents ask this question throughout the exhilirating months of pregnancy. Fuzzy sonograms and doctor’s explanations can provide basic information, but through Alexander Tsiaras’ remarkable achievements in medical imaging technology, parents can see, for the first time, the awe-inspiring process of a new life unfolding, in stunning, vivid detail.
The milestones of pregnancy which before could only be described can now be witnessed: the heart’s first beats; the appearance of color in the eye; the emergence of toes and teeth; the brain and nervous system directing development; the first movement of tiny legs and arms; the first indications of gender; the wondrous symbiosis of mother and child; the symphony of the body’s systems coming into being and working in concert. The book tracks the development of a baby from the moment of conception, through the explosively complex early stages of development and the amazing stages of growth as the baby is nurtured by the mother, ending with the joy of birth.
All this is made possible by revolutions in two sciences. As biologists have decoded the molecular basis of life, computer scientists have developed non-invasive, three-dimensional techniques for visualizing the body. Alexander Tsiaras has been a pioneer in merging these explorations and discoveries. He has created a virtual camera studio that enables him to view a human body or any part of it individually, scan it, enlarge it, rotate it, adjust its transparency so that we can view inside a living being, and light it from any angle.
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Breeding animals and genetic engineering techniques book New animal breeding genome technology review textbook

Animal Breeding Technology for the 21st Century

Edited by A.J. Clark, Division of Molecular Biology, Roslin Institute, Edinburgh, Scotland
Hardback 248 pages Approx price: US$75   UK£51
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Recent advances in molecular biology have dramatically altered the capabilities and scope of animal breeding, increasing the speed and accuracy with which specific traits can be selected. The confusing recent advances and new technologies in this subject area are reviewed plus the possibile areas for future research and development. Manipulation of embryos, gene mapping and engineering of the genome are covered. Nuclear transfer and xenotransplantation are also discussed.
* Nuclear Transfer   * Opportunities and Challenges in Domestic Animal Embryonic Stem Cell Research   * Mapping Genes Underlying Production Traits in Livestock   * Identification and Cloning of Trait Genes   * Marker Assisted Selection   * Comparative Genome Mapping - The Livestock Perspective   * Techniques for the Production of Transgenic Livestock   * Modification of Production Traits   * Breeding Genetically Manipulated Traits   * Embryo Development and Culture Techniques   * Therapeutic Proteins from Livestock   * Xenografts from Livestock
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Biology and Science of Pregnancy

A Visitor Within - The Science of Pregnancy

by Dr. David Bainbridge, lecturer at the Royal Veterinary College, London
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The book covers comprehensive aspects of human pregnancy, ranging from AIDS to zygote, including conception, breastfeeding, gender identity and sibling rivalry. Pregnancy is a uniquely intimate relationship between two people. This book shows how studying pregancy can help us to understand why people behave the way they do and why so many of us want to have children, and even who we are.
The author writes:
Pregnancy is a uniquely intimate relationship between two people. All of us luxuriate in this relationship once, and women are lucky enough to be able to do it all over again a second time, from the other side. Never again outside pregnancy can we be so truly intertwined with someone else, no matter how hard we try.
I have written this book for people with little or no scientific training who would simply like to know how pregnancy works. How does a woman 'know' she is pregnant? How is a baby constructed? Why doesn't the mother reject this 'foreign' tissue? How do mother and baby survive birth?
Since I started to research the biology of pregnancy, I have found that it has a unique 'feel' to it - it is where our deepest emotions and driest analytical inquiries collide. Working all day in the lab on some placental gene or other, and then coming home to see my wife's pregnant belly swelling ever larger made me realise that pregnancy can be one of the hardest things to be objective about. It is never just a science - it is an integral part of our lives that has been woven into our bodies, our history and our mythology.
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Infertility problems in pig herds A Pocket Guide to Recognising and Treating Pig Infertility
by Michael R. Muirhead & Tom J. L. Alexander Paperback 203 pages
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Breeding for Disease Resistance in Farming


Breeding for Disease Resistance in Farm Animals
Edited by R F E Axford, S C Bishop F W Nicholas & J B Owen
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Genetics of Pigs and Swine


The Genetics of the Pig
Edited by M.F. Rothschild, Anatoly Ruvinsky
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Reproduction & Reproductive Biology of the Pig

A Quantitative Biology of the Pig

by I.Kyriazakis (Editor), Scottish Agricultural College, Edinburgh Hardcover 408 pages
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Transgenic Animals in Agriculture
by J.D. Murray, G.B. Anderson & A.M. Oberbauer
The editors are from the Dept. of Animal Science, University of California.
Contents derived from papers presented to a specialist conference.
Covers latest technology, ethics & practical applications in a range of farm animals, including a chapter on transgenic pigs.
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Farm Livestock Breeding Management skillsHuman-Livestock Interactions:
The Stockperson and the Productivity and Welfare of Intensively Farmed Animals
by Paul H. Hemsworth & G.J. Coleman
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Veterinary Obstetrics, birth, parturition management and clinical problems

Handbook of Veterinary Obstetrics

by Dr. Peter G.G. Jackson, University of Cambridge
Paperback 221 pages
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Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals
by Dr.Temple Grandin of Colorado State University (1997)
Hardcover 400 pages

Includes research on pigs, cattle, sheep, horses, poultry, rats and dogs
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A Colour Atlas of Livestock Breeds
by Hans Hinrich Sambreus, Pam Chatterley (Translator)

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