ParanÃ¡ gathers for pig symposium and course
The Brazilian Conference on Animal Reproduction,
held May 31 - June 2 in Curitiba, capital of ParanÃ¡ State, Brazil, had a
symposium and a course dedicated exclusively to swine reproduction where the
audience was introduced to some research results in the
The event was organised by the Brazilian College of Animal
Dr Paulo Roberto da Silva Oliveira,
from EMBRAPA-CNPSA (Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation-Swine &
Poultry Research Center) opened the speech series talking about uterine health
and its inter-relations with sow reproductive efficiency.
Robson Antunes (from Federal University at UberlÃ¢ndia) spoke about technological
advances and applicability of semen freezing techniques.
discussion round, Dr RÃ´mulo M.B. ValenÃ§a ended the speech series with a talk on
advances on hog nutrition and its effects on the quality of
Range of topics
In the two days the course was split
to, listeners were introduced to a range of topics covering all aspects of
reproduction, since mineral nutrition of sows and its relation to reproductive
longevity up to a discussion of precocious weaning, from the perspectives of
piglets and sow (both by André Ricardo Ebert from Alltech Brasil).
Oliveira and Dr Antunes delivered speeches focused on sows: the first discussing
some factors that interfere with parturition rates, and the last considering the
post-weaning reproductive management, especially the interval between weaning
At the last talk, Dr ValenÃ§a complemented his previous
talk with an analysis on how anti-oxidants can improve the viability of swine
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