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Does folded skin predispose to maggot infestation in Ghungroo pig?

Manas Kumar Patra, Reihu John, Rajib Kumar Das.

Abstract
Present study describes the skin folding pattern in Ghungroo pig, indigenous breed well known for its high prolificacy and adaptability under low input production system in North Eastern region of India. The distribution of skin folds was observed in forehead, back, flank, ham and lower hind region and their thickness was varied from 6.25 mm to 29 mm and number ranged from 3 to 7 at different body parts of pig. The most predominant site for skin fold formation was forehead and flank region followed by back and ham. The skin folding at forehead region predisposes the maggot wound formation which affects the gross productivity of this indigenous pig. The development of skin fold was not associated with nutritional status as it was observed in both sexes and irrespective of body condition score (BCS) ranging from ≤2.5 to ≤4.5. Therefore, exploration of genetic involvement with this trait should be considered for further study for saving the Ghungroo breed with full production potential.

Key words: Ghungroo, Body condition score, Skin fold, Maggot wound


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