Influence of porcine coat colour genotypes on haematological parameters, piglet birth weight and body weight gain until weaning

L. Fésüs, A. Zsolnai, I. Komlósi

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Two F2 generations of an intercross between Hampshire boars and Hungarian Large White sows were produced to estimate the effects of the porcine KIT genotypes (II, Ii and ii) on quantitative and qualitative haematological indices, on piglet birth weight and growth performance until weaning. Piglets carrying the I allele had significantly fewer lymphocytes (p = 0.041) than the ii homozygotes, heterozygotes had measures between the two homozygotes. KIT genotypes did not influence white blood cells, red blood cells, haemoglobin and haematocrite. II genotype piglets were significantly lighter at birth than the ones carrying the recessive i allele, the effect of KIT genotypes on gain until weaning was not significant, but II piglets tended to gain less. The results of this study support the hypothesis of M. Johansson, H. Ellegren, L. Marklund, U. Gustavsson, E. Ringmar-Cederberg, K. Andersson, I. Edfors-Lilja and L. Andersson [(1992) Genomics, 14, 965] that the pleiotrophic effect of the porcine KIT mutations on haematopoietic cells must be mild.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-130
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Animal Breeding and Genetics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2005


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Animals
  • Animal Science and Zoology

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