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Scientific opinion focuses on the welfare of pigs on farm, based on literature and expert opinion

Date
25 August 2022
Abstract

This study performed population-pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (pop-PK/PD) modeling of ketoprofen and flunixin in piglets undergoing routine castration and tail-docking, utilizing previously published data. Six-day-old male piglets (8/group) received either ketoprofen (3.0 mg/kg) or flunixin (2.2...

Author(s)
Nixon, E.; Chittenden, J. T.; Baynes, R. E.; Messenger, K. M.
Publisher
Wiley, Oxford, UK
Citation
Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 2022, 45, 5, pp 450-466
Abstract

This scientific opinion focuses on the welfare of pigs on farm, and is based on literature and expert opinion. All pig categories were assessed: gilts and dry sows, farrowing and lactating sows, suckling piglets, weaners, rearing pigs and boars. The most relevant husbandry systems used in Europe...

Author(s)
Nielsen, S. S.; Alvarez, J.; Bicout, D. J.; Calistri, P.; Canali, E.; Drewe, J. A.; Garin-Bastuji, B.; Rojas, J. L. G.; Schmidt, G.; Herskin, M.; Michel, V.; Chueca, M. Á. M.; Padalino, B.; Roberts, H. C.; Stahl, K.; Velarde, A.; Viltrop, A.; Winckler, C.; Edwards, S.; Ivanova, S.; Leeb, C.; Wechsler, B.; Fabris, C.; Lima, E.; Mosbach-Schulz, O.; Stede, Y. van der; Vitali, M.; Spoolder, H.
Publisher
Wiley, Oxford, UK
Citation
EFSA Journal, 2022, 20, 8,
Abstract

Surveillance is mandatory for tracking the progress of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) control and elimination efforts in breeding herds. Processing fluids, the fluid recovered from tissues collected at castration and/or tail docking, are used for breeding herd...

Author(s)
López, W.; Zimmerman, J.; Gauger, P.; Harmon, K.; Magtoto, R.; Bradner, L.; Holtkamp, D.; Zhang Min; Zhang JianQiang; Ramirez, A.; Linhares, D.; Giménez-Lirola, L.
Publisher
Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, USA
Citation
Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation, 2022, 34, 5, pp 859-863
Abstract

Background: Non-ambulatory pigs, colloquially known as downers or downed pigs, are animals presented with limited to no mobility, usually as a result of pre-existing neurologic or musculoskeletal conditions. Impaired ambulation is a major cause of euthanasia in pigs, leading to economic losses and...

Author(s)
Piva, M. M.; Schwertz, C. I.; Henker, L. C.; Bianchi, R. M.; Kemper, R. T.; Almeida, B. A. de; Nagae, R. Y.; Michaelsen, T. R.; Pavarini, S. P.
Publisher
BioMed Central Ltd, London, UK
Citation
Porcine Health Management, 2022, 8, 36, pp (10 August 2022)
AbstractFull Text

Proper methods of assessment to objectively identify pain are essential for welfare improvements of piglets undergoing surgical castration on commercial farms. The Piglet Grimace Scale (PGS) is used to identify changes in facial expressions caused by acute pain in piglets undergoing tail docking...

Author(s)
Lou, M. E.; Porter, S. T.; Massey, J. S.; Ventura, B.; Deen, J.; Li YuZhi
Publisher
MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland
Citation
Animals, 2022, 12, 15,
Abstract

This case study describes a severe tail-biting event on a multi-site swine operation in Ontario and outlines the management strategies implemented in an attempt to control the problem. An established social order was clearly present before the tail-biting event occurred. Over 40% of tail-docked ...

Author(s)
Henry, M.; O'Sullivan, T. L.; Shoveller, A. K.; Niel, L.; Friendship, R. M.
Publisher
Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, Ottawa, Canada
Citation
Canadian Veterinary Journal, 2022, 63, 8, pp 835-840
Abstract

Tail biting is a serious behavioural problem in modern pig production, causing impaired animal welfare and economic losses. In most countries, the detrimental effects of tail biting are counteracted by docking pigs tails. Finland is one of the few countries where tail docking in pigs is totally...

Author(s)
Valros, A.
Publisher
Elsevier B.V., Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Animal, 2022, 16, Suppl. 2,
Abstract

Tail biting and lesions are common problems in modern pig production. In 2008 tail docking to prevent tail biting was banned in Switzerland. Since then pigs have been raised with intact tails. This study aimed to assess the current prevalence of tail lesions at Swiss abattoirs and comparing...

Author(s)
Gerster, U.; Sidler, X.; Wechsler, B.; Nathues, C.
Publisher
Gesellschaft Schweizer Tierärztinnen und Tierärzte GST, Bern, Switzerland
Citation
SAT, Schweizer Archiv für Tierheilkunde, 2022, 164, 4, pp 339-349
Abstract

The occurrence of tail biting is one of the most important animal welfare problems in pig farming and needs to be recognised early to reduce injuries and suffering. The posture of the tail could be used as an indicator to detect tail biting at an early stage. This study analysed the relationship...

Author(s)
Drexl, V.; Dittrich, I.; Haase, A.; Klingelhöller, H.; Diers, S.; Krieter, J.
Publisher
Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2022, 252,

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