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Postpartum dysgalactia syndrome in sows: effects on behavior of sows and piglets

Kaiser, Marianne and Herskin, Mette S. and Jacobsen, Stine and Andersen, Pia Haubro and Nielsen, Mai Britt Friis and Bækbo, Poul and Jacobson, Magdalena (2022). Postpartum dysgalactia syndrome in sows: effects on behavior of sows and piglets. Porcine Health Management. 8 :1 , 18
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Abstract

Background To investigate if specific sow and piglet behavioral characteristics could be used diagnostically, this case-cohort study of the behavior of sows and piglets during the periparturient period (from 24 h before the birth of first piglet to 24 h after the birth of last piglet) was conducted. Data included 32 sows diagnosed with PDS (PDS+) vs. 37 healthy matched controls (PDS-) and their litters. Results A significant change from active behavior with many postural changes to a more passive behavior was noted in connection with parturition. Sow nesting behavior was less frequent in PDS+ sows compared to PDS- sows during (p = 0.04) and after parturition (p = 0.0004). No difference was found between PDS+ and PDS- in the number of postural changes, interval from last time standing to the birth of the first piglet, interval from last time eating/drinking to the birth of the first piglet, interval from the birth of the first piglet to the sow standing after farrowing, interval from the birth of the last piglet until eating/drinking, occurrence of bar biting, or frequency or duration of eating/drinking during the observation period. Piglets of PDS+ sows stayed outside the creep areas more often than piglets of PDS- sows (p < 0.0001), but there was no difference in the mean number of piglets observed massaging the udder every 10 min. Conclusion These results confirm that sow behavior changes from active before parturition to more passive after parturition. Being diagnosed with PDS affected the periparturient behavior of sows as well as their piglets. The observed reduction in nesting behavior in PDS+ sows may suggest that a highly motivated piglet-oriented behavior was affected. However, classical sickness behaviors like lethargy and passivity seem to be poor markers for PDS.

Authors/Creators:Kaiser, Marianne and Herskin, Mette S. and Jacobsen, Stine and Andersen, Pia Haubro and Nielsen, Mai Britt Friis and Bækbo, Poul and Jacobson, Magdalena
Title:Postpartum dysgalactia syndrome in sows: effects on behavior of sows and piglets
Series Name/Journal:Porcine Health Management
Year of publishing :2022
Volume:8
Number:1
Article number:18
Number of Pages:10
Publisher:BMC
ISSN:2055-5660
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 403 Veterinary Science > Clinical Science
Keywords:Agalactia, Diagnosis, Inflammation, Milk, Nesting, PDS, Periparturient
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-117043
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-117043
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1186/s40813-022-00260-3
Web of Science (WoS)000789811000001
ID Code:27791
Faculty:VH - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
Department:(VH) > Dept. of Clinical Sciences
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:12 May 2022 13:25
Metadata Last Modified:13 May 2022 22:38

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