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Welfare Problems - Electronic Feeder Systems

Condition/Problem and Welfare Failures


  • Adding sows to an established group
  • Group systems
  • Shape of yard
  • Stress after feeding
  • Stress at feeding
Loss of sow identification
  • Lost transponder tags / collars
  • Thin sow
  • Education - understanding
  • Poor design and maintenance
Skin abrasions
  • Aggression
Stress at mixing
  • Badly designed ESF system
Variable litter size
  • Embryo reabsorption / stress
Vulva biting
  • Feeder design
  • Poor pen/yard design
  • Queuing for feed

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