What is a pheromone?
• Pheromones are molecule(s) that are produced by one animal that change the physiology or behavior of another animal of the same species
• Pheromones are sensed at very low concentrations and can have powerful effects
• Pheromones and their receptors are conserved among many species and therefore are natural and common in nature
• We know that in the pig, the male sex pheromone is composed of a combination of three separate molecules
How do pheromones work?
• Pheromones bind to specific olfactory receptors
• The male sex pheromone naturally activates GnRH in the hypothalamus which causes LH pulses and ovulation
• The male sex pheromone quickly changes sow behavior
What is BOARBETTER™?
• BOARBETTER™ is a natural pheromone that contains Boar Saliva Analog (BSA™)
• BSA™ is the patented triple boar saliva pheromone that is a combination of three molecules (Androstenone, Androstenol and Quinoline)
BOARBETTER™ FIELD TRIAL SUPPORTING DATA
• Current market has single pheromone technology with limited success
• Safety issues of having “teaser boars”
• Boars are expensive to maintain
• Improved farrowing rate would benefit producers
Improve Sow Productivity and Farm Value
• Improves farrowing rate and reduces wean to estrus interval
• Reduces dependence on live boars
• Reduce labor needs at breeding
• Increase PSY (Pigs per Sow per Year)
How to Use
• Begin using BOARBETTER on day 4 post-weaning
• Spray 4mL of BOARBETTER onto the sow’s snout prior to heat checking
• Apply back pressure test to check for signs of estrus
• Artificially inseminate the sow if she is in standing heat
• If breeding occurs after all sows are heat checked, spray additional 4mL prior to artificial insemination
• If sow is not in estrus, repeat treatment daily until estrus occurs
John J. McGlone, PhD, Professor of Animal Science, Animal Welfare & Behavior Science at Texas Tech University.
Dr. McGlone is globally recognized as a leading researcher in the science of pheromone technology in companion and production animals.