On-farm evaluation of methods to assess welfare of gestating sows.

  title={On-farm evaluation of methods to assess welfare of gestating sows.},
  author={Sabine Conte and Ren{\'e}e Bergeron and Johan Gr{\'e}goire and Maud G{\`e}te and Sylvie D'Allaire and M. C. Meunier-Sala{\"u}n and Nicolas Devillers},
  journal={Animal : an international journal of animal bioscience},
  volume={8 7},
The objectives were to evaluate quantitative animal-based measures of sow welfare (lameness, oral stereotypies and reactivity to humans) under commercial farm conditions, and to estimate the influence of housing, sow parity and stage of gestation on the outcome of these measures. Across 10 farms, 311 sows were used. Farms differed in terms of housing design (pen v. stall), space allowance, floor type in stalls (partially v. fully slatted), and feeding system in pens (floor v. trough). Lameness… CONTINUE READING


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