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Claw Characteristics of Culled Sows from Three Farrow-to-Finish Greek Farms. Part 1: Claw Length Measurements, Lesion Scores and Their Association

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Laboratory of Animal Husbandry, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
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Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Economics of Animal Production, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Thessaly, 43132 Karditsa, Greece
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Laboratory of Pathology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
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Academic Editor: Dominiek Maes
Received: 31 May 2021 / Revised: 1 July 2021 / Accepted: 2 July 2021 / Published: 4 July 2021
The aim of the study was to investigate variations in lengths and lesions in claws of culled sows and to evaluate their association. All four feet of 185 sows from three Greek farrow-to-finish farms (Farm A: 57 sows; Farm B: 64 sows; Farm C: 64 sows) were examined for lesions and their lengths were measured. All claw lengths were lower in sows of farm C compared to those from sows of B and A. Claw lengths in sows of farm B were lower compared to those from A for all lateral toes of front feet and for all medial and four out of three lateral toes of rear feet. Sum of length measurements of the main toes of the front feet (SLF) associated with lesions on sole, white line and heel of front feet, while sum of length measurements of the main toes of the rear feet (SLR) associated with all lesions of the rear feet. The lengths of the main toes were correlated with the length of dew claws on front and rear feet. Overall, sows’ claw lesion severity and claw lengths may differ between farms and frequency of lesions is higher in longer claws. View Full-Text
Keywords: claws; lesion scores; lengths; sows; genetic lines claws; lesion scores; lengths; sows; genetic lines
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Papadopoulos, G.A.; Chalvatzi, S.; Kroustallas, F.; Skampardonis, V.; Cernat, M.; Marouda, C.; Psychas, V.; Poutahidis, T.; Leontides, L.; Fortomaris, P. Claw Characteristics of Culled Sows from Three Farrow-to-Finish Greek Farms. Part 1: Claw Length Measurements, Lesion Scores and Their Association. Vet. Sci. 2021, 8, 126. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/vetsci8070126

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Papadopoulos GA, Chalvatzi S, Kroustallas F, Skampardonis V, Cernat M, Marouda C, Psychas V, Poutahidis T, Leontides L, Fortomaris P. Claw Characteristics of Culled Sows from Three Farrow-to-Finish Greek Farms. Part 1: Claw Length Measurements, Lesion Scores and Their Association. Veterinary Sciences. 2021; 8(7):126. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/vetsci8070126

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Papadopoulos, Georgios A., Sofia Chalvatzi, Fotios Kroustallas, Vassilis Skampardonis, Mihaela Cernat, Christina Marouda, Vassilios Psychas, Theofilos Poutahidis, Leonidas Leontides, and Paschalis Fortomaris. 2021. "Claw Characteristics of Culled Sows from Three Farrow-to-Finish Greek Farms. Part 1: Claw Length Measurements, Lesion Scores and Their Association" Veterinary Sciences 8, no. 7: 126. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/vetsci8070126

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