The interrelationships between clinical signs and their effect on involuntary culling among pregnant sows in group-housing systems.

Abstract

Sows suffering from clinical signs of disease (e.g. lameness, wounds and shoulder ulcers) are often involuntarily culled, affecting the farmer's economy and the welfare of the animals. In order to investigate the interrelationships between clinical signs of individual pregnant group-housed sows, we performed an explanatory factor analysis to identify… (More)
DOI: 10.1017/S1751731110001102

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