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.
Iowa State University
Elmore, Monica; Garner, Joe; Richert, Brian; Lay, Don; Johnson, Anna K.; and Pajor, Ed
"The Impact of Rubber Mats on the Health, Behavior and Welfareof Group-Housed Sows at Breeding,"
Animal Industry Report:
AS 657, ASL R2637.
Available at: http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/ans_air/vol657/iss1/61