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Dominance indices are calculated by considering the differences between the number of won and lost fights. Whether these differences show a significant asymmetric outcome or not is neglected. Thus, two calculation methods for the limits of significant dyads are proposed using a sign test based on...

Author(s)
Büttner, K.; Czycholl, I.; Mees, K.; Krieter, J.
Publisher
MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland
Citation
Animals, 2019, 9, 6, pp 344
Abstract

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...

Author(s)
Norring, M.; Valros, A.; Bergman, P.; Marchant-Forde, J. N.; Heinonen, M.
Publisher
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK
Citation
Animal, 2019, 13, 2, pp 392-398
Abstract

Objectives: To quantify behavior and productivity of females grouped in small static groups when fed using a single-entry/exit electronic sow feeder (ESF) over two consecutive gestation periods. Materials and methods: Fifty-eight gilts with no previous experience in group gestation housing were...

Author(s)
Campler, M.; Pairis-Garcia, M.; Kieffer, J.; Moeller, S.
Publisher
American Association of Swine Veterinarians, Perry, USA
Citation
Journal of Swine Health and Production, 2019, 27, 2, pp 76-86
Abstract

Early life socialization of piglets has been shown to reduce piglet aggression at weaning, but information on sow health and long-term benefits is lacking. We aimed to assess how socialization impacts sow udder quality and long-term pig behaviour and growth. At two weeks of age, 65 litters either...

Author(s)
Camerlink, I.; Farish, M.; D'Eath, R. B.; Arnott, G.; Turner, S. P.
Publisher
MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland
Citation
Animals, 2018, 8, 11, pp 192
Abstract

Entire male pigs display more aggressive and sexual behaviour. This might cause a condition of chronic stress and impair their welfare. In order to assess chronic stress in entire and castrated male pigs, as well as effects of providing grass silage as occupational and feed material on behaviour...

Author(s)
Holinger, M.; Früh, B.; Stoll, P.; Graage, R.; Wirth, S.; Bruckmaier, R.; Prunier, A.; Kreuzer, M.; Hillmann, E.
Publisher
Elsevier, New York, USA
Citation
Physiology & Behavior, 2018, 195, pp 58-68
Abstract

Socialisation is a process in which animals interact with unfamiliar conspecifics, that allows them to develop their social abilities. Socialisation has been proposed as a method in pig husbandry to increase piglets' social skills and reduce conspecific aggression, which is a major welfare issue in ...

Author(s)
Salazar, L. C.; Ko HengLun; Yang ChungHsuan; Llonch, L.; Manteca, X.; Camerlink, I.; Llonch, P.
Publisher
Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2018, 206, pp 25-31
Abstract

Re-location and mixing after weaning increase the risk of aggression in weaned pigs. To quantify the effects of tail docking, teeth clipping and toy enrichment on the growth performances, behaviour, lesions, and physiological indicators of weaned pigs after re-location and mixing, a total of 262...

Author(s)
Fu LingLing; Zhou Bo; Li HuiZhi; Schinckel, A. P.; Liang TingTing; Chu QingPo; Li Yuan; Xu FeiLong
Publisher
Elsevier B.V., Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Livestock Science, 2018, 212, pp 137-142
Abstract

Domesticated pigs, Sus scrofa, vary considerably in feeding, social interaction and growth patterns. This variation originates partly from genetic variation that affects physiological factors and partly from behavioural strategies (avoid or approach) in competitive food resource situations....

Author(s)
Boumans, I. J. M. M.; Boer, I. J. M. de; Hofstede, G. J.; Bokkers, E. A. M.
Publisher
Elsevier, New York, USA
Citation
Physiology & Behavior, 2018, 191, pp 100-115
Abstract

This experiment examined the effects of group composition on sow aggressive behaviour and welfare. Over 6 time replicates, 360 sows (parity 1-6) were mixed into groups (10 sows per pen, 1.8 m2/sow) composed of animals that were predicted to be aggressive (n=18 pens) or groups composed of animals...

Author(s)
Verdon, M.; Morrison, R. S.; Hemsworth, P. H.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Behavioural Processes, 2018, 150, pp 17-24
Abstract

Tail biting in domestic pigs relates to a range of risk factors, primarily in the pigs' environment. Preventive tail docking is widely used, and various experimental approaches suggest that docking reduces the risk of tail biting. However, whether the docking length affects the prevalence of tail...

Author(s)
Thodberg, K.; Herskin, M. S.; Jensen, T.; Jensen, K. H.
Publisher
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK
Citation
Animal, 2018, 12, 12, pp 2609-2618

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