Continuous straw provision reduces prevalence of oesophago-gastric ulcer in pigs slaughtered at 170 kg (heavy pigs).

@article{Martino2013ContinuousSP,
  title={Continuous straw provision reduces prevalence of oesophago-gastric ulcer in pigs slaughtered at 170 kg (heavy pigs).},
  author={Guido Di Martino and Katia Capello and Annalisa Scollo and F. Gottardo and Anna Lisa Stefani and Fabio Rampin and Eliana Schiavon and Stefano Marangon and Lebana Bonfanti},
  journal={Research in veterinary science},
  year={2013},
  volume={95 3},
  pages={1271-3}
}
Adopting a 2 × 2 × 2 factorial design, this study evaluated whether continuous straw provision by racks, tail docking and gender (barrows vs. females) have an effect on the prevalence of lung lesions and oesophago-gastric ulcer (OGU) visually scored at slaughter in 635 Italian heavy pigs (169 ± 4 kg). The lung lesions were very low (72% of pigs with score 0), and were not significantly different among the experimental groups. Overall, OGU was diagnosed in 47% of the pigs. The consumption of… CONTINUE READING
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