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The objective of this study was to investigate if female growing pigs spend similar amounts of time exploring a wooden stick as they do exploring enrichment material regardless of its proximity to the feeder. Forty-eight pigs aged 18 to 26 weeks allocated to 16 pens with three pigs per pen were...

Author(s)
Dalmau, A.; Areal, B.; Machado, S.; Pallisera, J.; Velarde, A.
Publisher
Routledge, Philadelphia, USA
Citation
Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 2019, 22, 2, pp 116-126
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

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

Prenatal stress (PNS) can have detrimental effects on behaviour and welfare, such as decreased exploration. Whether housing enrichment before weaning compensate negative effect of PNS in commercial pigs is unknown. To address this question, 44 sows were assigned to either a mixing stress (T) or a...

Author(s)
Brajon, S.; Ringgenberg, N.; Torrey, S.; Bergeron, R.; Devillers, N.
Publisher
Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2017, 197, pp 15-23
Abstract

Temporary confinement during parturition and early postpartum may provide an intermediary step preceding loose housing that offers improvement in sow and piglet welfare. Three experiments were conducted to investigate the implications of replacing farrowing crates (FCs) with an alternative housing...

Author(s)
Singh, C.; Verdon, M.; Cronin, G. M.; Hemsworth, P. H.
Publisher
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK
Citation
Animal, 2017, 11, 7, pp 1210-1221
Abstract

Pigs reared in barren conditions are exposed to many different stressors, compromising their welfare and producing physiological and behavioural changes. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of environmental enrichment (EE) consisting of natural hemp ropes, sawdust, rubber balls, and a...

Author(s)
Casal-Plana, N.; Manteca, X.; Dalmau, A.; Fàbrega, E.
Publisher
Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2017, 195, pp 38-43
Abstract

Housing systems should enable animals to interact socially while minimising aggression. This study investigated whether social interaction patterns in groups of indoor-housed gestating sows are affected by stocking density ('SD'), by varying the number of sows per pen, and day after mixing....

Author(s)
Rault, J. L.
Publisher
CSIRO, Collingwood, Australia
Citation
Animal Production Science, 2017, 57, 5, pp 896-902
Abstract

Production systems for fattening pigs have been characterized over the last 2 decades by rising farm sizes coupled with increasing group sizes. These developments resulted in a serious public discussion regarding animal welfare and health in these intensive production systems. Even though large...

Author(s)
Meyer-Hamme, S. E. K.; Lambertz, C.; Gauly, M.
Publisher
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK
Citation
Animal, 2016, 10, 1, pp 142-149
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

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