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Approximately 5% of pigs slaughtered in the UK have been tail-bitten, leading to welfare and production issues. Tail biting is sporadic and not all pigs tail bite. The aim of this study was to identify factors that are common in pigs that perform tail-biting behaviour, and that might be used in a...

Author(s)
Beattie, V. E.; Breuer, K.; O'Connell, N. E.; Sneddon, I. A.; Mercer, J. T.; Rance, K. A.; Sutcliffe, M. E. M.; Edwards, S. A.
Publisher
British Society of Animal Science, Penicuik, UK
Citation
Animal Science, 2005, 80, 3, pp 307-312
Abstract

This study assessed the effect of predisposition to perform harmful social behaviour, maternal rearing environment, and lactation environment on the responses of pigs to weaning at 3 or 5 weeks of age. Predisposed and non-predisposed gilts were selected as dams for this study at 7 weeks of age....

Author(s)
O'Connell, N. E.; Beattie, V. E.; Sneddon, I. A.; Breuer, K.; Mercer, J. T.; Rance, K. A.; Sutcliffe, M. E. M.; Edwards, S. A.
Publisher
Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2005, 90, 3/4, pp 219-232
Abstract

One hundred and twenty-eight pigs were reared in barren or enriched environments from birth to slaughter at 21 weeks of age. Pigs remained as litter-mate groups until 8 weeks of age when they were mixed into groups of eight animals. These groups were balanced for gender and weight and contained two ...

Author(s)
O'Connell, N. E.; Beattie, V. E.; Moss, B. W.
Publisher
Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW), Wheathampstead, UK
Citation
Animal Welfare, 2004, 13, 4, pp 425-431
Abstract

Forty-eight Large White × Landrace multiparous sows were mixed into twelve groups of four animals after their piglets were weaned. These groups were defined as static, with no animals being added to or removed from the groups after their formation. Aggressive and submissive behaviours were recorded ...

Author(s)
O'Connell, N. E.; Beattie, V. E.; Moss, B. W.
Publisher
Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW), Wheathampstead, UK
Citation
Animal Welfare, 2003, 12, 2, pp 239-249
Abstract

320 pigs were reared from birth to 15 weeks of age in either barren or enriched environments. The barren environments were defined by common intensive housing conditions (slatted floors and in terms of recommended space allowances), while the enriched environments incorporated extra space and...

Author(s)
O'Connell, N. E.; Beattie, V. E.
Citation
Animal Welfare, 1999, 8, 3, pp 269-279