Swine

The Impact of Rubber Mats on the Health, Behavior and Welfareof Group-Housed Sows at Breeding

Authors
  • Monica Elmore (Purdue University)
  • Joe Garner (Purdue University)
  • Brian Richert (Purdue University)
  • Don Lay (United States Department of Agriculture)
  • Anna K. Johnson (Iowa State University)
  • Ed Pajor (University of Calgary)

Abstract

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.

Keywords: ASL R2637

How to Cite:

Elmore, M., Garner, J., Richert, B., Lay, D., Johnson, A. K. & Pajor, E., (2011) “The Impact of Rubber Mats on the Health, Behavior and Welfareof Group-Housed Sows at Breeding”, Iowa State University Animal Industry Report 8(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.31274/ans_air-180814-773

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Published on
01 Jan 2011
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