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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

This study was conducted to, (1) determine the effects of socializing piglets prior to weaning on piglet behavior and performance and sow behavior, and (2) determine the effects of socializing piglets prior to weaning and inclusion of pen enrichment on nursery pig behavior and performance....

Author(s)
Ledergerber, K.; Bennett, B.; Diefenbacher, N.; Shilling, C.; Whitaker, B. D.
Publisher
Ohio Academy of Science, Columbus, USA
Citation
Ohio Journal of Science, 2015, 115, 2, pp 40-47
Abstract

To compare the behaviour of sows and the physiological indices of their offspring in stall and group-housing systems, 28 sows were randomly distributed into two systems with 16 sows in stalls, and the other 12 sows were divided into three groups with four sows per pen. The area per sow in stalls...

Author(s)
Zhou, Q.; Sun, Q.; Wang, G.; Zhou, B.; Lu, M.; Marchant-Forde, J. N.; Yang, X.; Zhao, R.
Publisher
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK
Citation
Animal, 2014, 8, 7, pp 1162-1169
Abstract

In most farrowing systems for sows, different litters have no contact with each other until weaning. This is in contrast to physiological behaviour, and lack of socialisation hence puts additional stress on weaners. This study investigated whether opportunities for contact between non-littermate...

Author(s)
Kutzer, T.; Bünger, B.
Publisher
Schlütersche Verlagsgesellschaft GmbH & Co. KG, Hannover, Germany
Citation
Praktische Tierarzt, 2013, 94, 7, pp 626-635
Abstract

Raising entire males is already common in a few European countries. It has the advantage of avoiding the pain of castration. Entire males have also a better food conversion. However, they would be more aggressive than castrates which causes welfare troubles. The consequences for human-animal...

Author(s)
Tallet, C.; Brilloüet, A.; Meunier-Salaün, M. C.; Paulmier, V.; Guérin, C.; Prunier, A.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2013, 145, 3/4, pp 70-83
Abstract

Behaviour of East Balkan swine has been studied in three different farms in Bulgaria in autumn-winter and spring-summer season in 2008-2010 during two consecutive days for four hours from 9:00 to 13:00. The behaviour of all herd as well as two focal animals were observed. For focal animals the...

Author(s)
Ivanova-Peneva, S.
Publisher
Agricultural Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria
Citation
Zhivotnov'dni Nauki, 2010, 47, 5, pp 43-47
Abstract

In the pig industry, piglets are weaned earlier than in nature. Early weaning has an impact on piglet growth and feeding behaviour, but this may differ, apart from the weaning age, according to the housing environment. Piglets from sow group housing systems (GH), where several litters and sows live ...

Author(s)
Šilerová, J.; Špinka, M.; Šárová, R.; Algers, B.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2010, 124, 3/4, pp 83-89
Abstract

In this study we tested if contact possibilities between non-littermate piglets and complexity of farrowing conditions affect the pre- and post-weaning behaviour, weight gain and skin lesions of piglets. Suckling sows were either kept in a group housing system (GH), in a single pen loose housing...

Author(s)
Kutzer, T.; Bünger, B.; Kjaer, J. B.; Schrader, L.
Publisher
Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2009, 121, 1, pp 16-24
Abstract

A standardised and comprehensive approach to describe dominance relationships in gregarious farm animals quantitatively was recently developed, incorporating a combination of appropriate sociometric measures. The present study applied this approach to a comparative analysis of the social...

Author(s)
Puppe, B.; Langbein, J.; Bauer, J.; Hoy, S.
Publisher
Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Livestock Science, 2008, 113, 2/3, pp 155-162

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