Cross sectional study on the impact of flooring on the health and welfare of pigs
Aim: to investigate the impact of commonly used floor types on the health and welfare of pigs on commercial farms.
Parts of the data were used to assess the likely impact on pigs’ health and welfare of the forthcoming EC directives (2001/88/EC and 2001/93/EC) which outline the slat and slot dimensions of concrete floors.
A cross sectional study was designed and carried out on 103 commercial pig farms in the UK. Pigs of all ages from pre-weaning up to adult sows and boars were included in the sample.
Observational data were collected on:
- physical damage to feet, limbs and body
- evidence of disease
- maladaptive behaviours
- housing and paddocks
In addition, interviews and postal questionnaires with farmers and veterinarians were used to collect data on:
- farm management
- current and past diseases
This study ran from 2003-2006.
Abstracts from International Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics X1
Cairns, Australia (August 2006)
Posters from Society of Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
Helsinki, Finland (March 2007)
Exeter, UK (March 2006)