Effects of supplementation of omega-3 fatty acids to gilts on subsequent reproductive performance and growth performance of their litters
Dietary supplementation of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFAs) during gestation and/or lactation is reported to increase litter size in pigs (Spencer et al., 2004; Webel et al., 2003) and is believed to be beneficial for reproductive performance in sows (Webel et al., 2004). However, results are inconsistent.
This study re-assessed the effects of n-3 PUFA supplementation to gilts during late gestation and lactation on the subsequent reproductive performance and the growth performance of their litters.
Miranda N. Smit1 Jennifer L. Patterson1 Steve K. Webel2 Rose A. O’Donoghue1 George R. Foxcroft1
1. University of Alberta, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, Edmonton, AB, Canada; 2. JBS United Inc., Sheridan, IN, USA
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