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Animal Industry Report

Extension Number

ASL R2637

Topic

Swine

Summary and Implications

Lameness and leg injuries are common in the swine industry and are a serious welfare concern. The impact of rubber mats on measures of sow health, behavior and welfare were evaluated during 10 days at breeding. Sows preferred to rest in stalls with mats, showed a reduction in lesions and an increase in postural changes. The provision of rubber mats should be considered to improve sow welfare.

Copyright Holder

Iowa State University

Language

en

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