Preweaning mortality in loose-housed lactating sows: Behavioral and performance differences between sows who crush or do not crush piglets

@inproceedings{Johnson2007PreweaningMI,
  title={Preweaning mortality in loose-housed lactating sows: Behavioral and performance differences between sows who crush or do not crush piglets},
  author={Anna Kerr Johnson and Julie L. Morrow and Jeffery William Dailey and John J McGlone},
  year={2007}
}
The majority of piglet deaths occur within the first 72 h after parturition, with crushing by the sow as the most common cause of preweaning mortality. The aim of this study was to compare the behavior and performance of sows that killed piglets (CR) to those that did not (NC) inside a farrowing hut within the first 72 h after parturition. A total of 336 sows and their litters were used for comparisons. CR sows had more (P < 0.01) piglets born/litter and born alive/litter than NC sows… CONTINUE READING
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