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the sow that eats her farrow

Ireland. A reference to James Joyce's description in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man of the country oppressing or exploiting its citizens. If the people do not vote to pass this referendum, we will know that the country remains the sow that eats her farrow.
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the sow that eats its farrow

Ireland. The phrase comes from James Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: “Do you know what Ireland is? asked Stephen with cold violence. Ireland is the old sow that eats her farrow.” A “farrow” is a litter of newborn piglets, and the reference is Joyce's belief that Ireland had a history of destroying its writers, admirable political figures, and indeed everything that should be saved and nurtured.
See also: eats, farrow, sow, that
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Currently, programmed farrowing is mainly based on the use of luteolytic drugs, which induce labor approximately 24h after administration (KING & WATHES, 1989).
Natural P4 administered intramuscularly from day 108 to 113 (25mg four times daily) of pregnancy was shown to delay farrowing, which occurred at day 115.6[+ or -]0.3 (WILSON et al., 1989).
To evaluate if vaginally administered MPA is effective in preventing parturition, farrowing was induced in sows at day 112 of gestation with PGF2[alpha] and concomitantly inserted an IVD containing different doses of MPA.
When the effect of IVDs to prevent farrowing during weekends was evaluated, no significant differences were observed between groups on the ratio ofpiglets born alive.
An activity peak was apparent just before farrowing, followed by a high level of inactivity on the day of farrowing.
Table 3 shows the behaviors of sows in different farrowing systems during the pre-farrowing period; 109 days after service (the first day in the farrowing house) and 24 h before farrowing.
Table 4 shows the behaviors of sows in different farrowing systems during the lactation period; day of farrowing, 14 days after farrowing and 27 days after farrowing.
A greater time spent in successful nursing was found in the group farrowing pen (p<0.01), as a result of a difference in the piglet initiated nursing (Figure 1).
Farrowing barns and pastures have a certain number of crates or huts to fill.
Farrowing rate refers to the number of sows giving birth compared to the number bred.
As an example of a crate occupancy over 100%, assume the farrowing room has 30 crates.
For example, a farm is a 1,200-sow unit that has 54 farrowing crates that are used each week (actually two rooms of 27 crates each).
Sows which farrowed in group housing had a shorter duration of farrowing, were more active and had lower suckling frequency, associated with reduced weaning weight of piglets.
The movement away from confinement towards loose-housing at farrowing would also be beneficial to the sow.
backfat thickness at puberty (mm) 10.7 10.6 Total backfat gain before service (mm) 2.6 (b) 2.9 (b) Total backfat gain in pregnancy (mm) 4.9 (b) 6.5 (ab) Total backfat loss in lactation (mm) 3.9 (b) 4.7 (ab) Farrowing length (h) 3.62 3.67 Treatment EC EG Puberty age (days) 184.1 184.9 Puberty to service length (days) 22.6 (c) 22.1 (c) Pregnancy length (days) 114.7 (a) 112.6 (b) Av.