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Lameness in piglets

Zoric, Mate (2008). Lameness in piglets. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Uppsala : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2008:49
ISBN 978-91-85913-82-4
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Lameness in suckling piglets is a major problem in farrowing enterprises. Apart from animal suffering, lameness contributes to losses in form of dead piglets, decreased growth, and increased use of antibiotics and manual labour. The present study focused on risks for development of lameness in different housing systems. In the first study, lameness in piglets up to nine of age was studied in a research station herd for four years. 9,411 piglets were born alive, out of which 9.8% were treated for lameness during suckling. Lameness was observed in about every second litter and around 75% of the treatments against lameness were effectuated in piglets less than 3 weeks of age. The incidence risk of lameness decreased from 2.7% during the first week of life to 0.3% after weaning. Litters with 12 or more piglets had a higher incidence of lameness, but no difference between the sexes was seen. In the second study, the implications of skin lesions in young piglets and the protective role of maternal immunity towards development of arthritis was estimated. Skin lesions were present already on day 3. They increased in magnitude until day 10 and thereafter declined. They were generally bilateral and most commonly observed as abrasions over the carpal joints. Hocks, face, abdomen and tails were affected in a similar way, but at lower magnitudes. Sole bruisings were observed in 87% of the piglets at the third day of life, and moderate to severe lesions dominated until day 10. Thereafter the incidence decreased, indicating healing with time. Still, 39% of the piglets were affected at day 17. In the third study, the overall incidence of lameness was decreased and lameness was only diagnosed in every fourth litter in a system with deep litter peat, compared to in every second litter in the systems with solid concrete floor. Still it must be remember that concrete floor system facilitate hygienic measurements in a technical way. Therefore, the influence of floor type and bedding intensity on the incidence and severity of foot and skin lesions and development of arthritis in young piglets was monitored in identical farrowing pens in the fourth study. Floor maintenance decreased the significance of abrasions and sole bruisings, and also reduced the incidence of lameness. Also doubling the amount of chopped straw prevented lameness to some extent.

Authors/Creators:Zoric, Mate
Title:Lameness in piglets
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :2008
Number of Pages:46
ALLI Zoric, M., Stern, S., Lundeheim, N. and Wallgren, P. (2003). Four-year study of lameness in piglets at a research station. Vet Rec 153, 323-328. II Zoric, M., Sjölund, M., Persson, M., Nilsson, E., Lundeheim, N. and Wallgren, P. (2004). Lameness in piglets. Abrasions in nursing piglets and transfer of protection towards infections with Streptococci from sow to offspring. J Vet Med B 51, 278-284. III Zoric, M., Nilsson, E., Mattsson, S., Lundeheim, N. and Wallgren, P. (2008). Abrasions and lameness in piglets born in different farrowing systems with different types of floor. Acta Vet Scand 50:37. Electronic publication; 9 pages. IV Zoric, M., Nilsson, E., Lundeheim, N. and Wallgren, P. (2008). Incidence of lameness and abrasions in piglets in identical farrowing pens with four different types of floor. Vet Rec Accepted for publication. Papers I and II are reproduced with the permission of the publishers.
Place of Publication:Uppsala
ISBN for printed version:978-91-85913-82-4
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agrovoc terms:piglets, movement disorders, health hazards, microorganism, floor, piggeries
Keywords:piglets, lameness, abrasion, microbes, farrowing pen, floor, peat
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ID Code:1862
Department:(VH) > Dept. of Clinical Sciences
Deposited By: Mate Zoric
Deposited On:03 Nov 2008 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:14

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