Articles | Volume 60, issue 2
Arch. Anim. Breed., 60, 101–104, 2017
Arch. Anim. Breed., 60, 101–104, 2017

Original study 03 May 2017

Original study | 03 May 2017

Behaviour and performance of suckling gilts and their piglets in single housing with different fixation times

Ralf Wassmuth et al.

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Short summary
Single housing with full-time crating is the typical system for keeping suckling sows, but animal welfare is neglected. Short-time crating is an alternative due to animal welfare. The objective was to compare the two systems under practical conditions. Short-time crated gilts did not cause an increased amount of loss of piglets due to crushing, and the daily gain of their piglets was higher. Behavioural observations showed that gilts' welfare was positively influenced by short-time crating.