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BPEX Funds Project to Predict Lameness

by 5m Editor
26 October 2011, at 9:43am

UK - BPEX has funded a project to develop objective methods of assessing locomotion in pigs.

Lameness due to foot and leg problems is a persistent issue for the pig industry. The aim of this BPEX-funded project, being carried out at Newcastle University, is to develop objective methods of assessing locomotion in pigs, which could help to identify at a relatively early stage those pigs likely to develop a foot or a leg problem later in life because of their conformation or structural development.

The project, which started last year, will develop a series of steps to:

  • put parameters on the normal gait of pigs through the use of motion capture technology
  • ascertain how gait changes with increasing age/weight of the pig
  • determine the effect of floor surface on gait, and
  • ascertain the predictive power of early gait score measures to identify later predisposition to lameness.

For more information of this project, click here.