Evaluation of the relationship between injuries and size of gestation stalls relative to size of sows

Leena Anil Department of Clinical and Population Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, St Paul, MN 55108.
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Sukumarannair S. Anil Department of Clinical and Population Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, St Paul, MN 55108.

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John Deen Department of Clinical and Population Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, St Paul, MN 55108.

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Abstract

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. (J Am Vet Med Assoc 2002;221:834–836)

Abstract

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. (J Am Vet Med Assoc 2002;221:834–836)

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