Evaluation of well-being, productivity, and longevity of pregnant sows housed in groups in pens with an electronic sow feeder or separately in gestation stalls.

@article{Anil2005EvaluationOW,
  title={Evaluation of well-being, productivity, and longevity of pregnant sows housed in groups in pens with an electronic sow feeder or separately in gestation stalls.},
  author={L Abhishek Anil and Sukumarannair S. Anil and John Deen and Samuel Kofi Baidoo and Jonathan E Wheaton},
  journal={American journal of veterinary research},
  year={2005},
  volume={66 9},
  pages={1630-8}
}
OBJECTIVE To compare well-being, performance, and longevity of gestating sows housed in stalls or in pens with an electronic sow feeder (ESF). ANIMALS 382 pregnant sows of parities 1 through 6. PROCEDURE Sows were housed in separate stalls (n = 176) or group pens (206) with an ESF. Well-being of sows was assessed at various time points in terms of injuries, salivary cortisol concentration, and behavior in a novel arena or to a novel object. Farrowing performance and longevity of sows were… CONTINUE READING

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