The aim of this study was the evaluation of the practicability on herd level of a combination
of an electronic data processing equipment for claw documentation and the portable pig
elevator system (PPES; Schlosserei Josef Obermaier-Dingböck, Pichl bei Wels, Austria).
Prevention and management are key points for reduction of sow lameness. The trimming of
claws of sows requires an adequate fixation. The animal has to be fixed comfortably and
stress-free. The fixation system has to comply with the genotype in size and design, that is to
say with length, width, height and ergometry. For the pig as well as the operator a save
working situation must be guaranteed. The working height must be adaptable to allow an
individual adjustment for the operator and free access to all four extremities. A simple
construction and low equipment costs are essential for acceptance in routine work.
Evaluation and measurement as well as prevention (DEEN, 2009) require an exact
documentation of the claw lesions. Without statistical evaluation obtained data can hardly be
interpreted and cannot be used for farm-specific consulting. For the present study the software
ANIMAL Office Klauenmanager (SEG Informationstechnik GmbH, Bad Ischl, Austria;
KOFLER et al., 2011) was adapted for appliance on the pig and a portable, water-resistant
and dust-proof notebook with touchscreen was used as hardware component.