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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

The behavioural interactions of sows housed in groups are described in a series of studies. The knowledge of the factors that affect group behaviour is emphasized in order to successfully house sows in groups without negatively affecting health, fertility and welfare.

Author(s)
Krauss, A. V.
Publisher
Schlütersche Verlagsgesellschaft GmbH & Co. KG, Hannover, Germany
Citation
Praktische Tierarzt, 2013, 94, 6, pp 545...548
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

Measures taken on animals are subject to variations and their reliability may represent one of their main limitations when used in a welfare assessment tool. Test-retest reliability refers to the likelihood that the same results will be obtained if the assessment is repeated by the same observer....

Author(s)
Temple, D.; Manteca, X.; Dalmau, A.; Velarde, A.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Livestock Science, 2013, 151, 1, pp 35-45
Abstract

Because of overpopulation of African elephants in South Africa and the consequent threat to biodiversity, the need for a method of population control has become evident. In this regard, the potential use of the porcine zona pellucida (pZP) vaccine as an effective means for population control is...

Author(s)
Ahlers, M. J.; Ganswindt, A.; Münscher, S.; Bertschinger, H. J.
Publisher
Elsevier, New York, USA
Citation
Theriogenology, 2012, 78, 1, pp 77-85
Abstract

For the study from a total of 679 female pigs kept in a progeny test station in 64 groups mostly with 12 pigs each, the data from all visits at an electronic feeding station (EFS) were analysed. In 93 pigs (8 groups) all agonistic interactions at the EFS were recorded in continuous observations...

Author(s)
Hoy, S.; Schamun, S.; Weirich, C.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2012, 139, 1/2, pp 58-64
Abstract

For groups of pigs to cope adequately with their housing conditions they need sufficient static space (occupied by the body of the pig), activity space (for movement between different functional areas and behaviours relating to these) and interaction space (for appropriate social behaviour)....

Author(s)
Spoolder, H. A. M.; Aarnink, A. A. J.; Vermeer, H. M.; Riel, J. van; Edwards, S. A.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2012, 138, 3/4, pp 229-239
Abstract

Disease is one of the single largest issues facing food animal agriculture today. Risk factors for various diseases in cattle, swine and chickens include aspects of both the physical and social environment. In this paper we review literature linking the social environment to illness in farm...

Author(s)
Proudfoot, K. L.; Weary, D. M.; Keyserlingk, M. A. G. von
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2012, 138, 3/4, pp 203-215
Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine how increasing the frequency of co-mingling affected piglets' behavior development before and after weaning. Co-mingling once (CM1), piglets interacted with 1 unfamiliar litter Days 10-18 after birth; co-mingling twice (CM2), piglets interacted with 1...

Author(s)
Kanaan, V. T.; Lay, D. C., Jr.; Richert, B. T.; Pajor, E. A.
Publisher
Routledge, Philadelphia, USA
Citation
Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 2012, 15, 2, pp 163-180
Abstract

Analogous to the way in which repeated episodes of stress can lead to a negative emotional state, it is possible that repeated positive emotions could lead to a positive emotional state. Positive emotions can be induced by providing enrichment or by successfully coping with cognitive challenges....

Author(s)
Imfeld-Mueller, S.; Hillmann, E.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2012, 137, 1/2, pp 23-29

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