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Crushing of piglets by sows: effects of litter features, pen features and sow behaviour

By D. M. Weary, P. A. Phillips, E. A. Pajor, D. Fraser, B. K. Thompson

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Crushing of piglets by sows in farrowing pens was studied in a 2 x 2 experiment to evaluate the effect of different pen design features. Pens had either concrete or plastic-coated expanded metal flooring, and half of the pens were fitted with a horizontal bar 23 cm above the floor, bisecting the pen. 98 litters were analysed during the first 3 days after birth. Of the 927 live-born piglets, 95 (10.2

Date 1998
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 61
Issue 2
Pages 103-111
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
Language English
Author Address Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Centre for Applied Ethics, University of British Columbia, 2357 Main Mall, Vancouver, Canada V6T 1Z4, Canada.
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animal diseases
  3. Animal housing
  4. Animal rights
  5. Animal welfare
  6. Farrowing
  7. Lactation
  8. Litters
  9. Mammals
  10. Meat animals
  11. newborn animals
  12. peer-reviewed
  13. Swine
  14. trauma
  15. Weight
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