Assessment of lameness and claw lesions in sows

E. Nalon, S. Conte, D. Maes, F. A. M. Tuyttens, N. Devillers

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    Claw lesions and lameness are very common disorders in sows. Both conditions have a negative impact on the welfare and production results of breeding sows, causing important losses to the pig sector. The possibility to recognise, treat and prevent these disorders depends on the availability of reliable and valid assessment methods. Many measuring tools have been developed that enable to classify lameness and claw lesions. It is by now not only possible to score these conditions visually, but also automated detection methods are being validated and implemented with encouraging results. The decision to use one method or the other depends on the purpose of the assessment. Some visual scoring systems can be used most efficiently in herd screening programs or within certification or assessment schemes, whereas more objective and quantitative methods allow for a detailed study of the characteristics of lameness within research settings (e.g., kinematics or kinetics). Some of the most recent automated detection systems, such as force plates, have the potential for being integrated into existing farm technology such as electronic feeding stations
    TijdschriftLivestock Science
    Exemplaarnummer1-3, SI
    Pagina's (van-tot)10-23
    Aantal pagina's14
    StatusGepubliceerd - 1-sep-2013


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