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Behavioural observations of sows and piglets in an organic free far-rowing pen with a focus on the piglet nest

Heidbüchel, Katharina; Baldinger, Lisa and Bussemas, Ralf (2020) Behavioural observations of sows and piglets in an organic free far-rowing pen with a focus on the piglet nest. In: Proceedings of the IAHA Video-Conference on Organic Animal Husbandry, Otto Schmid, Marion Johnson, Mette Vaarst, Barbara Früh (Eds.), pp. 109-110.

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Document available online at: https://orgprints.org/38391/3/IAHA-Video-Conference_Livestock_OWC2020-proceedings-2020.pdf


Summary

Piglet losses in the early suckling period, in particular due to crushing by the sow, must be kept as low as possible. A prolonged stay in the piglet nest can improve the probability of piglet survival because there is a reduced risk of hypothermia and crushing or kicking by the sow. Different piglet nest designs and management strategies will be compared to find the condi-tions under which piglets are most likely to be in the nest: electric lid heating vs. underfloor heating, with vs. without LED-light, and with vs. without confinement in the piglet nest during the first feeding times of the sow after farrowing, resulting in eight combinations of treatments. To evaluate the whereabouts and behaviour of the animals, video cameras in the piglet nest, the pen and the outdoor run will record the first 72 hours after farrowing.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Subjects: Animal husbandry
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic Cofund > POWER
Deposited By: Mukendi, Therese K
ID Code:38460
Deposited On:16 Oct 2020 13:33
Last Modified:16 Oct 2020 13:33
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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