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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
Abstract

Mixing of growing pigs results in aggressive contests between group members. As aggression serves to establish dominance relationships, it is possible that increased initial aggression may facilitate the formation of social hierarchies. The objective of the study was to investigate whether there is ...

Author(s)
Desire, S.; Turner, S. P.; D'Eath, R. B.; Doeschl-Wilson, A. B.; Lewis, C. R. G.; Roehe, R.
Publisher
Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2015, 166, pp 52-62
AbstractFull Text

Two batches of 120 growing pigs were used to study the effects of the group composition (M: 10 males; F: 10 females; MF: 5 males and 5 females) and the slaughter strategy (one (1D) or two (2D) departures per pen) in a 3×2 factorial design. In the 2D treatment, the four heaviest pigs were...

Author(s)
Courboulay, V.; Leroy, C.; Poissonnet, A.; Chevillon, P.; Quiniou, N.
Publisher
Institut du Porc, Paris, France
Citation
Journées de la Recherche Porcine en France, 2014, 46, pp 255-260
Abstract

In today's production systems, pigs raised for slaughter are mixed many times, resulting in stress and fighting. The negative consequences of mixing are probably more severe with entire males than with castrates, as they fight more. In this project, we studied a system without castration where...

Author(s)
Rydhmer, L.; Hansson, M.; Lundström, K.; Brunius, C.; Andersson, K.
Publisher
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK
Citation
Animal, 2013, 7, 9, pp 1532-1541
Abstract

78 Large White × Landrace mixed parity sows were weaned from farrowing crates into groups of 6 and mixed into straw-bedded service pens with individual feeding stalls. Groups were transferred to similar gestation pens after 4 weeks where they remained until farrowing. In experiment 1 (24 sows)...

Author(s)
Arey, D. S.
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 1999, 62, 2/3, pp 199-207