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Environmental enrichment strategies to improve pig welfare

Date
11 March 2020
Abstract

Providing environmental enrichment for broilers is a potential strategy to increase welfare, activity, and health. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of environmental enrichment on health and leg bone characteristics of broilers. One control and 8 types of enrichment were included: 2...

Author(s)
Pedersen, I. J.; Tahamtani, F. M.; Forkman, B.; Young, J. F.; Poulsen, H. D.; Riber, A. B.
Publisher
Elsevier, Oxford, UK
Citation
Poultry Science, 2020, 99, 4, pp 1946-1955
Abstract

Environmental enrichment in pig housing is a legal requirement under current EU legislation, but some recommended loose materials may cause obstructions in fully-slatted systems. Wood is an organic material that could be compatible with slatted systems. This study investigated enrichment use in...

Author(s)
Chou JenYun; D'Eath, R. B.; Sandercock, D. A.; O'Driscoll, K.
Publisher
Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2020, 224,
Abstract

This study addressed the impact of early and later life environmental enrichment, and their combination, on specific antibody responses and peripheral blood leukocyte subpopulations in pigs. Pigs were kept in either barren (B1) or enriched (E1) housing from birth, and half of the pigs switched to...

Author(s)
Luo Lu; Janse, C. A.; Bolhuis, E. J.; Arts, J. A. J.; Kemp, B.; Parmentier, H. K.
Publisher
Elsevier, New York, USA
Citation
Physiology & Behavior, 2020, 217,
Abstract

Housing systems and environmental features can influence beef cattle welfare. To date, little information has been synthesized on this topic. The aim of this scoping review was to examine the relationship between housing and welfare status, so that beef cattle producers and animal scientists can...

Author(s)
Park, R. M.; Foster, M.; Daigle, C. L.
Publisher
MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland
Citation
Animals, 2020, 10, 4,
Abstract

Modern broilers are selected for fast growth and a large proportion of breast tissue, contributing to a top-heavy phenotype, leg disorders, and inactivity as birds reach market weight. Therefore, the objective was to motivate broilers to move through environmental enrichment. A total of 1,200 Ross...

Author(s)
Meyer, M. M.; Johnson, A. K.; Bobeck, E. A.
Publisher
Elsevier, Oxford, UK
Citation
Poultry Science, 2020, 99, 1, pp 48-60
Abstract

Increasing environmental complexity, e.g., by providing environmental enrichment, has been suggested as a way to increase activity levels and improve leg health in broilers. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of different types of environmental complexity on leg health and...

Author(s)
Tahamtani, F. M.; Pedersen, I. J.; Riber, A. B.
Publisher
Elsevier, Oxford, UK
Citation
Poultry Science, 2020, 99, 1, pp 21-29
Abstract

Farm animal welfare in the People's Republic of China (henceforth, China) is not well represented in the international scientific literature. This may lead researchers, advocates and those with agricultural partnerships in China to assume that animal welfare is not a field of interest there. This...

Author(s)
Sinclair, M.; Zhang Yu; Descovich, K.; Phillips, C. J. C.
Publisher
MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland
Citation
Animals, 2020, 10, 3,
Abstract

Reduced mobility in broilers can contribute to leg health problems. Environmental enrichment has been suggested as one approach to combat this through stimulating increased physical activity. Past studies have tested the effect of environmental enrichments on bird behaviour, health and welfare, but ...

Author(s)
Jones, P. J.; Tahamtani, F. M.; Pedersen, I. J.; Niemi, J. K.; Riber, A. B.
Publisher
MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland
Citation
Animals, 2020, 10, 3,
Abstract

This study investigated the effects of two factors, enriched environment (EE) and different crossbreeds, on the maternal behavior and physiology of Min-pig hybrid sows. The analysis was performed on a total of 72 multiparous sows, including Duroc × Min pig (DM), Landrace × Min pig (LM), and...

Author(s)
Wang Chao; Han Qian; Liu RunZe; Ji WenBo; Bi YanJu; Wen PengFei; Yi Ran; Zhao Peng; Bao Jun; Liu HongGui
Publisher
MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland
Citation
Animals, 2020, 10, 1, pp 105

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