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Publication type: Diploma Thesis

Year: 2011

Author(s): Wolf, Franz

Title: Evaluierung der Überlängen von Haupt- und Afterklauen in Ferkelerzeugerbetrieben unter Verwendung des Klauenpflegestandes (PPES) und des EDV-Klauenmanagers.

Other title: Evaluation of overgrown claws and dewclaws in pigletsproducing farms by using the "Portable Pig Elevator System" (PPES) and an electronic evaluationsystem

Source: Diplomarbeit, Vet. Med. Univ. Wien, pp. 46.


Ritzmann Mathias

Kofler Johann

Vetmed Research Units:
University Clinic for Swine

Graduation date: 01.09.11

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.

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