Effects of Sire Breed on the Subsequent Reproductive Performances of Landrace Sows

  • Huang, Y.H. (Division of Applied Biology, Animal Technology Institute Taiwan) ;
  • Yang, T.S. (Division of Applied Biology, Animal Technology Institute Taiwan) ;
  • Lee, Y.P. (Dept. of Animal Science, National Chung-Hsing University) ;
  • Roan, S.W. (Dept. of Animal Science, National Chung-Hsing University) ;
  • Liu, S.H. (Division of Applied Biology, Animal Technology Institute Taiwan)
  • Received : 2002.03.04
  • Accepted : 2002.10.08
  • Published : 2003.04.01


Reproductive traits of sows are determined chiefly by the genetic background of the dam herself. Whether the breed of the serviced boars also contributes is not yet clear. A total of 8,946 litters of Landrace (L) sows from 68 farms were examined. Of these, 876, 1,260, and 6,810 litters were produced from natural mating with L, Yorkshire (Y), and Duroc (D) breeds, respectively. The birth litter size (BLS), weaning litter size (WLS), live born piglets (LBP), and survival rate % (SR), of every litter were recorded. A general linear-model procedure was followed to estimate the effects of boars' breed (B), parity (P) and B${\times}$P interaction on the reproductive traits of the sows. Results show that BLS, WLS, and LBP were all significantly (p<0.001) affected by B and P. SR% was significantly influenced by B but not by P. L sows crossbred with Y or purebred with L produced litters with higher BLS, WLS, and LBP values than those bred with D. Pure L breeding yielded litters with lower SR% than did crossbreeding with D, while the difference between SR% due to LY and that due to LD crossbreeding was not significant. The interaction of B with P was significant with respect to BLS, WLS, and LBP (p<0.001), but not SR%. No significant B effect on reproductive traits was measured in sows at their first parity; but at latter parities, LL or LY produced litters with similarly high BLS, WLS and LBP, which values were all significantly greater than those of LD litters. The breed of boar evidently affected the subsequent reproductive performance of L sows and this effect may be further manipulated by the parity effect. Breed differences in semen quality and the success of fetus development with different interactions of the genetic background with the uterus function of the sow that may contribute to these effects are discussed.


Sow;Sire Effects;Parity;Litter Size;Survival Rate


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