Effect of additional heating, floor lenght, straw quantity and piglet nest accessibility on piglet losses in organic farrowing pens

H.M. Vermeer, H.W.J. Houwers

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Abstract

Newborn piglets on organic pig farms have a lower chance to survive their first week than conventional piglets. Poorer climatic conditions, a loose housed mother, large litters with low birth weights are some of the causes. In a series of experiments the effect of housing and climate measures were investigated. Additional floor heating around farrowing to increase vitality did not reduce piglet mortality. Enlargement of the solid floor to facilitate maternal behaviour also didn’t show a lower mortality. In the third experiment the amount of straw didn’t give a lower mortality, but longer flaps in the opening of the piglet nest tended to reduce mortality.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Second Scientific Conference of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR), Modena, Italy, 18 - 20 June, 2008
PublisherResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)
Pages118-121
ISBN (Print)9783037360279
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event2nd ISOFAR Scientific Conference -
Duration: 18 Jun 200820 Jun 2008

Conference

Conference2nd ISOFAR Scientific Conference
Period18/06/0820/06/08

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Keywords

  • farrowing pens
  • farrowing
  • organic farming
  • pig farming
  • mortality
  • animal housing

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Vermeer, H. M., & Houwers, H. W. J. (2008). Effect of additional heating, floor lenght, straw quantity and piglet nest accessibility on piglet losses in organic farrowing pens. In Proceedings of the Second Scientific Conference of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR), Modena, Italy, 18 - 20 June, 2008 (pp. 118-121). Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL).