Aarhus University Seal / Aarhus Universitets segl

Erik Jørgensen

The effects of floor heating on body temperature, water consumption, stress response and immune competence around parturition in loose-housed sows

Research output: Contribution to journal/Conference contribution in journal/Contribution to newspaperJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  • Behaviour and stressbiology
  • Department of Genetics and Biotechnology
  • Department of Animal Health and Bioscience
  • Statistik og Beslutningsteori
  • Disease Mechanisms, -Markers and -Prevention
The aim of the present study was to study whether floor heating from 12 h after onset of nest building until 48 h after birth of the first piglet had any effect on measures related to body temperature, water consumption, stress response and immune competence in loose-housed sows (n = 23). In conclusion, the present results indicate that floor heating for a limited period around parturition did not compromise physiological and immunological parameters, water intake and body temperature in loose-housed sows. The water intake peaked the day before parturition and the body temperature peaked on the day of parturition. A cortisol peak at parturition, a transient rise in the number of leucocytes and neutrophils and a transient reduction in the number of lymphocytes, erythrocytes and in the PCV value were observed. Around and after parturition some non-specific immunological variables seemed to be stimulated while others seemed to be compromised
Original languageEnglish
JournalResearch in Veterinary Science
Pages (from-to)136-145
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2009

    Research areas

  • Sus scrofa, Erythrocytes, Leucocytes, Leucocyte subsets, Neutrophils, Lymphocytes, pMBL, Cortisol

See relations at Aarhus University Citationformats

ID: 749539