Savaging behaviour in gilts and sows

M. J. Harris, Yuzhi Li, H. W. Gonyou

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

13 Scopus citations


This study investigated the effects of parity, prior experience, and environmental conditions on the incidence of savaging on seven commercial farms. Results indicated that 3.40% of gilts and 1.22% of sows killed one or more piglets (P < 0.05). Fourteen percent of sows that savaged as gilts also savaged during their second farrowing, compared to 0.8% of sows that had not previously savaged. The incidence of savaging was similar among gilts during the first (all gilt herd) and second (gilt/sow herd) farrowing cycles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)819-821
Number of pages3
JournalCanadian Journal of Animal Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2003


  • Gilts
  • Maternal behaviour
  • Pigs
  • Savaging
  • Sows


Dive into the research topics of 'Savaging behaviour in gilts and sows'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this