Risk factors for high sow mortality in French swine herds.

  title={Risk factors for high sow mortality in French swine herds.},
  author={N Abiven and Henri Seegers and François Beaudeau and Arlette Laval and Christine Fourichon},
  journal={Preventive veterinary medicine},
  volume={33 1-4},
Episodes of high sow mortality rates affect profitability of swine farms. However, relevant control actions are difficult to implement. The objective of this study was to identify the risk factors for high levels of sow mortality rate (HM) in French swine herds. A case-control study was carried out in 102 swine herds located in Brittany (western France). Level of sow mortality of a herd was quantified by the annual mortality rate using sow-days as denominator. Fifty-five (53.9%) herds which… CONTINUE READING