Effects of environmental enrichment and loose housing of lactating sows on piglet performance before and after weaning.

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We investigated effects of loose housing of the sow during lactation and enrichment of the pen pre- and postweaning on performance of newly weaned piglets. Before weaning, piglets (n = 320) were housed in an enriched (straw, wood shavings, peat, and branches) or barren pen with a confined or loose-housed sow (n = 32). Loose-housed sows and their piglets… (More)
DOI: 10.2527/jas.2010-2940

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