Rubber mat placement in a farrowing and lactation facility: tips and techniques

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2016-01-01
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Campler, Magnus
Pairis-Garcia, Monique
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Johnson, Anna
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Stalder, Kenneth
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Animal Science

The Department of Animal Science originally concerned itself with teaching the selection, breeding, feeding and care of livestock. Today it continues this study of the symbiotic relationship between animals and humans, with practical focuses on agribusiness, science, and animal management.

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The Department of Animal Husbandry was established in 1898. The name of the department was changed to the Department of Animal Science in 1962. The Department of Poultry Science was merged into the department in 1971.

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Sow lameness may result in severe economic consequences to the producer, as lameness has been associated with increases in involuntary culling, poor reproductive performance, and suboptimal sow longevity. Lameness prevalence and severity are impacted by facility design, with a particular focus on hard concrete surfaces. Use of rubber mats has been previously investigated for its ability to increase sow comfort, prevent lameness development, and mitigate lameness severity. However, limited recommendations or guidelines are available to producers and veterinarians to successfully implement on-farm mat use. This production tool provides guidelines and techniques for selecting, installing, and maintaining rubber mats in farrowing stalls for multiparous sows.

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This is an article from Campler, Magnus, Monique Pairis-Garcia, Kenneth J. Stalder, and Anna K. Johnson. "Rubber mat placement in a farrowing and lactation facility: tips and techniques." Journal of Swine Health and Production 24, no. 3 (2016): 142-146. Posted with permission.

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