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Pressure mat analysis of naturally occurring lameness in young pigs after weaning

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Title
Pressure mat analysis of naturally occurring lameness in young pigs after weaning
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BMC Veterinary Research, August 2014
DOI 10.1186/s12917-014-0193-8
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Ellen Meijer, Maarten Oosterlinck, Arie van Nes, Willem Back, Franz Josef van der Staay

Abstract

Lameness is a common problem in modern swine husbandry. It causes welfare problems in affected pigs as well as financial problems for farmers. To minimize these negative consequences of lameness, new treatment and prevention strategies need to be developed and validated using objective and quantitative measurement techniques. An example of such a putative diagnostic tool is the use of a pressure mat. Pressure mats are able to provide both objective loading (kinetic) as well as objective movement (kinematic) information on pig locomotion.In this study, pressure mat analysis was used to assess compensatory force redistribution in lame pigs; in particular a predefined set of four pressure mat parameters was evaluated for its use to objectively distinguish clinically lame from sound pigs. Kinetic data from 10 clinically lame and 10 healthy weaned piglets were collected. These data were analyzed to answer three research questions. Firstly the pattern of compensatory weight distribution in lame animals was studied using the asymmetry indices (ASI) for several combinations of limbs. Secondly, the correlation between total left-right asymmetry index and visual scores of lameness was assessed. Thirdly, by using receiver-operated curve (ROC) analysis, optimal cutoff values for these ASIs were then calculated to objectively detect lame pigs.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
France 1 2%
Austria 1 2%
Unknown 50 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 11 21%
Student > Ph. D. Student 8 15%
Student > Bachelor 7 13%
Student > Master 5 10%
Other 4 8%
Other 8 15%
Unknown 9 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 16 31%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 11 21%
Medicine and Dentistry 6 12%
Sports and Recreations 3 6%
Computer Science 2 4%
Other 2 4%
Unknown 12 23%

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#10,032,160
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