Fall and winter hormone concentrations related to stress in pigs identified as normal and carrier for stress susceptibility.


:Stress is associated with significant losses in the swine industry. Seasonal changes have been shown to affect stress resistance in several species of animals. In the present study, we examined the effect of two seasons (fall or winter) on plasma insulin, cortisol, and adrenocorticotrophin hormone (ACTH) levels from fasted normal and carrier pigs for stress susceptibility when submitted to a blood-sampling stressor between 10:00 and 11:00. Comparisons were made of 10 diurnally active normal (NN) and 8 carrier (Nn) pigs reared in the fall to 9 NN and 10 Nn pigs reared in the winter. The light-dark cycle throughout the period of the experiment was 10 h light/14 h dark, with lights on from 07:00 to 17:00. Feed consisted of the traditional western Canadian swine ration consumed ad libitum. Results revealed significant season-by-genotype interactions for plasma insulin and ACTH concentrations in response to the blood-sampling stressor. The normal pigs displayed a significantly lower plasma insulin level during winter compared to the fall season. Plasma ACTH of normal pigs was 18% lower in the winter compared to the fall season, although this difference was not statistically significant. The carrier genotype, on the other hand, demonstrated higher plasma insulin concentration and lower plasma ACTH concentration in the winter compared to the fall season. Furthermore, there was a main genotype effect in plasma cortisol concentration such that the carrier pigs experienced a greater level compared to the normal genotype. Similarly, the carrier pigs had a more acute ACTH response to the blood-sampling stressor compared to the normal pigs during the fall season. Results have demonstrated that these two seasons of the year affect the response of both genotypes to a blood-sampling stressor, with the carrier genotype experiencing a more intense stress reaction in the fall season. These results further contribute to the recent research indicating that carrier pigs for stress susceptibility have a unique stress response.


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