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Disease and welfare issues of the newly-weaned sow

Abscess

  • Trauma - loose-housing
  • Fighting

Bruising and skin abrasions

  • Fighting
  • Heavy boars
  • Trauma
  • Variable sizes of sows

Fracture

  • Fighting
  • Mixing different sizes of pigs
  • Slippery floors
  • Trauma - loose-housing

Haematoma

  • Fighting
  • Trauma

Lameness

  • Activity at oestrus
  • Foot damage
  • Heavy boars at mating
  • High stocking densities
  • Inadequate bedding
  • Poor bone strength
  • Slippery floors

Leg weakness (OCD)

  • Gilt rearing and selection
  • Inadequate nutrition
  • Poor body condition
  • Poor crate design
  • Poor slippery surfaces
  • Trauma

Muscle tearing

  • Damage during suckling
  • High stocking density
  • Lack of exercise
  • Poor floors

Mastitis

  • Poor hygiene
  • Trauma
  • Wet floors