Paula Susanna Bergman

Paula Susanna Bergman
University of Helsinki | HY · Production Animal Medicine

DVM, PhD

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Introduction
After my PhD, I am currently looking for new opportunities. My research interests have evolved from production animal medicine, veterinary pathology&mathematics to epidemiology&data science. Our era of data is larger than ever& chaotically complex requiring several skills from all kinds of enthusiastic scientists who are aware of and ready for multidisciplinary approaches. One of my main ambitions is to discover and describe the patterns hidden behind records by combining numbers with the understanding of the real world context of food production. I am not afraid of collecting, organizing and relating, or coding - and recoding, modelling, visualizing and understanding. I want to, not only investigate and identify problems, but I also want to communicate and develop solutions.
Education
August 2016 - December 2016
Cornell University
Field of study
  • Veterinary Epidemiology
January 2014 - December 2019
University of Helsinki
Field of study
  • Veterinary Epidemiology
March 1999 - May 1999
Utrecht University
Field of study
  • Public Health, supplementary international 3 months course

Publications

Publications (16)
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Postpartum dysgalactia syndrome (PPDS) and locomotory disorders are common health problems in sows. Previous research suggests that they can cause substantial losses, reduce sow welfare, and result in premature removal of the sow from the herd. However, economic consequences of PPDS and locomotory disorders have not been investigated thoroughly. Th...
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This observational retrospective cohort study provides benchmarking information on recent sow productivity development in Finnish herds. It focuses on parity cycle specific trends in sow removal patterns, and especially on the role of litter performance (size and piglet survival) in sow removal. In addition, the generated models offer a tool for ca...
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Background The main objectives of this observational, cross-sectional study were to characterize piglet producing farms in Finland and to investigate how farm profiles are associated with sow culling and mortality. The study was conducted on 43 farms during 2014. A questionnaire survey was administered in-person and supplemented with observations...
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Background: A high rate of euthanized and spontaneously dead sows causes production losses and likely indicates underlying welfare problems. Identification of predisposing factors to on-farm deaths requires a thorough understanding of the causes. Post-mortem examination is needed for a proper diagnosis. The aims of this descriptive study were to d...
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In sow farms, animals are actively removed and replaced to maintain target efficiency levels, herd health status and a static herd size. Sow removal has a critical effect on pig farm functionality and profitability. Excessive removal decreases lifetime production and especially during periods of small profit margins, becomes burdensome. It is also...
Presentation
LECTIO PRECURSORIAE Mister custos, Mrs. opponent, ladies and gentlemen, IMPORTANCE OF AGRICULTURE Finland covers a total area of almost 400 000km², of which 95 % is rural, whereas only about 3% defined as built-up environment. Thus, it may well be said that agriculture is the backbone of the Finnish society. It not only provides food and raw mat...
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Farmers’ perceptions and the human-animal relationship in Finnish sow herds Human characteristics determine our behavior towards animals. However, stockmanship is problematic to evaluate and improve, because of the diverse backgrounds, knowledge basis, moral values of stockpersons, and the influence of economic challenges. Farmers’ attitudes and t...
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Objective(s): This study aimed to establish associations between an extensive list of farm characteristics, housing conditions, management practices and sow on-farm mortality (euthanasia and spontaneous death) in a sample of Finnish commercial farms. Materials and methods: Client farms from the three largest slaughterhouse companies were included e...
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Group housing of gestating sows benefits their welfare by allowing them freedom of movement and the opportunity for social interaction. However, social life could also bring disadvantages for individuals who receive direct aggression or are displaced from the feeder. The aim of this study was to investigate associations between social behaviour, bo...
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With reference to the publication in Front. Vet. Sci., 30 October 2017 | https://doi.org/10.3389/fvets.2017.00181, Modeling the Costs of Postpartum Dysgalactia Syndrome and Locomotory Disorders on Sow Productivity and Replacement, Jarkko K. Niemi*, Paula Bergman, Sami Ovaska, Marja-Liisa Sevón-Aimonen and Mari Heinonen: Postpartum dysgalactia synd...
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Sow meat inspection (MI) and mortality data are important sources of information for use in herd health work. This observational study examined whether MI results of sows associate with sow mortality in Finnish sow herds. We also described some MI findings of sows to create basic references in order to encourage their use in herd health work. The p...
Conference Paper
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The purpose of our project is to improve understanding of the links between sow performance, health, removal and socioeconomic decion making across piglet producing systems. Firstly, we describe the removal patterns by production cycle, and secondly, in separate studies, we estimate the effects of both production features and clinical findings on t...
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Introduction: Sow body condition is a critical factor in all stages of the production cycle affecting health, welfare, performance and longevity. Additionally, the direct economic impact on annual costs of unoptimized feeding can be substantial. Therefore, it is important to monitor sows throughout their lifetime to ensure well-being, maximize prod...
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Visual scrutiny of sow performance and longevity in Finnish commercial herds
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Farmers´ opinions on the Welfare Quality® assessment according to a questionnaire study Paula Susanna Bergman1, Camilla Munsterhjelm2, Mari Heinonen3, Anna Valros4 1,3Department of Production Animal Medicine, University of Helsinki, Paroninkuja 20, FIN-04920, Saarentaus 2,4Research Centre for Animal Welfare, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, P.O.Bo...
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Ympäristöhygienia. Vain tiivistelmä. Koko työ lainattavissa Viikin tiedekirjastosta. Cryptosporidium on ympäristössä laajalle levinnyt, alkueläimiin kuuluva parasiitti. Organismi eristettiin ensimmäisen kerran vuosisadan alussa, mutta vasta muutamien vuosikymmenten ajan sen aiheuttama uhka sekä eläinten että ihmisten terveydelle on ymmärretty. Cryp...

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