Prevalence and control of foot-pad dermatitis in broilers in Sweden

C. Ekstrand, Tim Carpenter, I. Andersson, B. Algers

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1. A cross-sectional observational study was carried out to investigate spatial, temporal and management aspects of foot-pad dermatitis in Swedish broilers. The efficacy of a control programme was evaluated. 2. Flock information on producer, breed, foodstuff manufacturer, region, abattoir, date of slaughter, age at slaughter, planned and actual stocking density was recorded. A total of 6988 flocks, representing approximately 110 million broilers, was examined. A total of 175 broiler producers from 15 geographical regions is represented. 3. The total foot-pad score per flock ranged from 0 to 200, with a mean of 34-7 and a standard deviation of 40-9. 4. Simple linear regression analysis showed that the mean total score on a weekly basis decreased (P<0.001) over time, mainly because of a decrease in the prevalence of severe foot-pad lesions. 5. There was an association (P<0.05) between slaughterhouse, foodstuff supplier and geographic region respectively and the mean total foot pad score of the flocks slaughtered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)318-324
Number of pages7
JournalBritish Poultry Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Animal Science and Zoology

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