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Piglet leg abrasions were reduced by using strips of 6 mm-thick, polyester pile, latex-backed material as a floor overlay in the suckling areas of the farrowing pen. Carpel joint injuries in 20 litters offered the overlay were significantly lower (P <0.00 I) than in 20 litters with no overlay on a mostly concrete floor (mean injury score 9.5 vs. 93.4, respectively). While seeming to offer only a small improvement in floor resilience, the overlay greatly reduced knee abrasion injuries on piglets.
P.A. Phillips and B. Pawluczuk 1995. A FLOOR OVERLAY FOR REDUCING LEG ABRASION INJ RIES ON PIGLETS. Canadian Agricultural Engineering 37(3):231-233.
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