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Foot rot of pigs: the influence of biotin supplementation on foot lesions in sows
  1. RH Penny,
  2. RD Cameron,
  3. S Johnson,
  4. PJ Kenyon,
  5. HA Smith,
  6. AW Bell,
  7. JP Cole and
  8. J Taylor

Abstract

A herd of 116 sows with a high frequency of foot lesions and lameness was divided into two groups, A and B. Group B was supplemented with 1160 microgram per day of biotin in pregnancy and 2320 microgram per day in lactation, over a 12-month period. No improvement occurred in the condition of the feet or skin. Gilts introduced as replacements to the herd were allocated alternately to the groups. Those receiving biotin (group B) showed significantly fewer lesions of heel erosion, white-line, heel bruising and "corn", and the severity and number of lesions of the lateral hind claws were also significantly improved.

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