The Influences and Relations of Morphological Characteristics on Productive Performance in Farm Animals

A special issue of Veterinary Sciences (ISSN 2306-7381). This special issue belongs to the section "Anatomy, Histology and Pathology".

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Dear Colleagues,

The relation of morphological traits and productive performance of farm animals is a classic and always relevant issue in veterinary sciences. The influence of animal morphology is a key factor in many aspects of animal husbandry  and especially in meat and milk production. This issue on “The influence and relation of Morphological Characteristics on Productive Performance in Farm Animals” addresses that need to broaden the exchange of information between veterinary and animal production sciences, through publication of research and review articles or short communications in this discipline. It is hoped that this special issue will further fascinate the research towards the production of good quality and healthy foods of animal origin taking into account the animal welfare.

Dr. Aris Pourlis
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Keywords

  • body conformation
  • body measurements
  • milk production
  • morphological traits
  • carcass traits
  • meat production
  • goat
  • sheep
  • pig
  • dairy cattle
  • beef cattle
  • buffalo
  • rabbit
  • udder
  • linear scoring

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Article
Effects of Injectable Administration of Dexamethasone Alone or in Combination with Vitamin E/Se in Newborn Low Birth Weight Piglets
by Georgios I. Papakonstantinou, Dimitrios A. Gougoulis, Nikolaos Voulgarakis, Georgios Maragkakis, Dimitrios Galamatis, Labrini V. Athanasiou and Vasileios G. Papatsiros
Vet. Sci. 2023, 10(2), 135; https://doi.org/10.3390/vetsci10020135 - 9 Feb 2023
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Abstract
Increasing litter size may lead to low-birth-weight piglets (LBW) and further negative long-term effects. This study aimed to evaluate the effects of intramuscular administration (IM) of dexamethasone (Dexa) alone or in combination with vitamin E/Se on LBW piglets during the early postnatal period. [...] Read more.
Increasing litter size may lead to low-birth-weight piglets (LBW) and further negative long-term effects. This study aimed to evaluate the effects of intramuscular administration (IM) of dexamethasone (Dexa) alone or in combination with vitamin E/Se on LBW piglets during the early postnatal period. The study included a total of 100 LBW piglets that were divided into 5 groups (20 LBW piglets per group) and treated with IM Dexa alone or in combination with vitamin E/Se (Vit E/Se) after birth as follows: (a) Group A-Cont: Control group, (b) Group B-Dexa1: Dexa on D1 (1st day of life), (c) Group C-Dexa3: Dexa on D1, D2, D3 (D2: 2nd day of life, D3: 3rd day of life), (d) Group D-Dexa + VitE/S1: Dexa + Vit E/Se on D1, and (e) Group E-Dexa + VitE/S3: Dexa + Vit E/Se (IM) on D1, D2, D3. Body weight (BW) and the Average Daily Weight Gain (ADWG) were recorded for all piglets on days 1, 7, 14, and 25, and vitality score (VS) was recorded on days 1, 2, 3, 4, and 14. A significant increase in BW and ADWG in Group E-Dexa + VitE/S3 and a significant reduction in Group C-Dexa3 were noticed in comparison to other groups. VS in groups Group B-Dexa1 and Group C-Dexa3 were significantly lower in comparison to other groups. Furthermore, piglets of Group C-Dexa3 had a significantly higher frequency of clinical findings compared to other groups. In conclusion, the administration of Dexa and vitamin E/Se combined after the birth of LBW piglets for 1–3 days has beneficial effects on their growth and survival scores. Full article
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