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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

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

Groups of sows housed in pens with concrete floors were observed in order to detect differences in feeding and drinking behaviour between animals of high- and low-rank. Dominant individuals remained at the centre of the mash pile defending the food against other animals. The total time spent...

Author(s)
Csermely, D.; Wood-Gush, D. G. M.
Citation
Bolletino di Zoologia, 1990, 57, 1, pp 55-58
Abstract

Pelleted and wet feeding systems were used to study the influence of social ranking on feeding station occupation in groups of 16 sows. The results showed a strong correlation between social rank and age, weight and number of litters. Larger, older sows were higher ranking than gilts, were able to...

Author(s)
Ritter, E.; Weber, R.
Citation
KTBL-Schrift, 1989, No. 336, pp 132-141