Objective - To determine whether there is a relationship between sow injuries and size of gestation stalls relative to sow size. Design - Prospective study. Animals - 267 pregnant sows. Procedure - Sows were randomly selected from 4 swine farms. Sow and stall measurements were obtained, and injuries were scored on the basis of location, number, and depth. Ratios of stall length to sow length and stall width to sow height were calculated. Results - High injury scores were associated with low ratios of stall length to sow length and stall width to sow height. Conclusions and Clinical Relevance - A small increase in stall dimensions could reduce injuries and improve well-being of sows considerably.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association|
|State||Published - Sep 15 2002|