Piglet Mortality in an Outdoor Farrowing Hut: What Behaviors Contribute to Their Demise?

dc.contributor.author Garvey, Jill
dc.contributor.author Johnson, Anna
dc.contributor.author Johnson, Anna
dc.contributor.author Sadler, Larry
dc.contributor.author McGlone, John
dc.date 2018-08-25T20:51:29.000
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-29T23:31:31Z
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dc.date.copyright Tue Jan 01 00:00:00 UTC 2008
dc.date.issued 2008-01-01
dc.description.abstract <p>Pre-weaning crushing mortality has been estimated to cost the industry over $100 million/yr and is a serious animal well-being concern. The objectives of this study were to determine behavior, postures, locations and vicinity to the sow for each piglet 1-h prior to piglet death when housed in an outdoor farrowing hut. No differences (<em>P</em> > 0.05) were found for behavior or postures between CR and NC groups. Piglets engaged in more (<em>P</em> = 0.006) standing during the daylight hours. No (<em>P</em> > 0.05) differences were observed among treatments and time for location within the farrowing hut. For vicinity to the sow, there were no (<em>P</em> > 0.05) treatment differences but for time of day, piglets spent more (<em>P</em> = 0.004) time close to the sow during dark hours.</p> <p>In conclusion, piglet behavior, postures, location and vicinity to the sow 1 hour prior to piglet death did not differ between the two treatment groups. Time of day affected standing postures with more piglets standing during the light hours and at night more piglets preferred to be in the vicinity of the sow. Therefore, finding few behavioral differences between treatments may indicate that variation among sow behavior is a more significant cause of piglet crushing than variation among piglet behaviors.</p>
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dc.identifier.articleid 1376
dc.identifier.contextkey 3388785
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.31274/ans_air-180814-11
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dc.identifier.uri https://dr.lib.iastate.edu/handle/20.500.12876/8540
dc.language.iso en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Animal Science Research Reports
dc.relation.ispartofseries ASL R2337
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dc.subject.disciplines Agriculture
dc.subject.disciplines Animal Sciences
dc.subject.keywords ASL R2337
dc.title Piglet Mortality in an Outdoor Farrowing Hut: What Behaviors Contribute to Their Demise?
dc.type article
dc.type.genre swine
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