Prevalence and risk factors of claw lesions and lameness in pregnant sows in two types of group housing

  title={Prevalence and risk factors of claw lesions and lameness in pregnant sows in two types of group housing},
  author={Liesbet M Pluym and Annelies Van Nuffel and Jeroen Dewulf and An Cools and Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Vangroenweghe and S. Van Hoorebeke and Dominiek Maes},
Claw lesions and lameness in sows are an important welfare concern as well as a cause of considerable economic loss. These problems are more common in group housing than in individual housing systems. Given that group housing for gestating sows will become mandatory in the EU from 2013 onwards, the aim of the present study was: (1) to determine the prevalence of lameness and claw lesions in sows housed in groups during gestation, and (2) to analyze whether the type of group housing system and… CONTINUE READING
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