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Early detection of health and welfare compromises in commercial piggeries is essential for timely intervention to enhance treatment success, reduce impact on welfare, and promote sustainable pig production. Behavioural changes that precede or accompany subclinical and clinical signs may have...

Author(s)
Matthews, S. G.; Miller, A. L.; Clapp, J.; Plötz, T.; Kyriazakis, I.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Veterinary Journal, 2016, 217, pp 43-51
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

Individual domestic pigs were given the opportunity in daily test sessions to work on fixed ratio (FR) schedules of reinforcements for access to 1 of 3 different commodities (food, contact with a partner animal, and a stimulus change called 'door opening'). The amount of work required for access to ...

Author(s)
Matthews, L. R.; Ladewig, J.
Citation
Animal Behaviour, 1994, 47, 3, pp 713-719
Abstract

Experiments are described to investigate the consistency of the feeding order in a group of sows, using a computerised feeder, to calculate a possible social hierarchy among the sows and to investigate the relationship between social hierarchy and feeder access. The observed group consisted of 20...

Author(s)
Hunter, E. J.
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 1988, 21, 4, pp 372-373