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Floor heating at farrowing in pens for loose-housed sows
- Brandt, P., Moustsen, V.A., Nielsen, M.B.F., Kristensen, A.R.
- Livestock science 2012 v.143 no.1 pp. 1-4
- average daily gain, farrowing, farrowing pens, gilts, heat treatment, herds, piglets, posture, sows, weaning, weaning weight
- The effects of floor heating at parturition on sow and piglet behaviour in pens were examined in a Danish production herd. A total of 50 gilts and sows were split into two groups; one (n=25) experienced no treatment; one (n=25) was exposed to floor heating in the area of the sow around parturition. The sows and piglets were recorded on video 24h a day for behavioural analyses. Floor heating tended to improve piglet weight at weaning (P=0.05) but did not affect average daily gain. Piglets in pens with floor heating were more often in proximity of the sow at posture changes than piglets from pens without floor heating on day one postpartum (P=0.01). Floor heating did not affect duration of parturition or any of the recordings of sow behaviour significantly.