This article reviews the effect of components of the diet on the bones and osteochondrosis, this being the main caused of lameness and a reason for the culling of young sows. Therefore, they are important concepts to bear in mind in the diets for the rearing of gilts.
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Does a high growth rate really increase the risk of osteochondrosis and lameness?
The number of sows that suffer some kind of leg injury is much higher than is apparent, and even more so in second farrowings.
Apparently, lameness problems amount to just 5% of the causes for sending pigs to slaughter...
At least 25% of the pigs from 2 to 3 weeks old were reported to be lame, some so severe that they lay in the arcs shaking and unable to stand.