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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

This article discusses the current knowledge on housing and management to minimize tail biting in piglets such as early socialization of piglets to avoid social ranking; simultaneous access to high quality feeds and roughage with optimum water supply; separate areas for lying and defecation;...

Author(s)
Borell, E. von
Publisher
Höhere Bundeslehr-und Forschungsaustalt für Landwirtschaft, Raumberg-Gumpenstein, Irdning, Austria
Citation
Bautagung Raumberg-Gumpenstein 2015. Zukunftsorientierte Rinder-und Schweinehaltung. Raumberg-Gumpenstein, Austria, 21 May, 2015, 2015, pp 37-40
Abstract

Group housing of gestating sows benefits their welfare by allowing them freedom of movement and the opportunity for social interaction. However, social life could also bring disadvantages for individuals who receive direct aggression or are displaced from the feeder. The aim of this study was to...

Author(s)
Norring, M.; Valros, A.; Bergman, P.; Marchant-Forde, J. N.; Heinonen, M.
Publisher
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK
Citation
Animal, 2019, 13, 2, pp 392-398
Abstract

The aim of this review is to discuss the impact of group size on damaging behaviours, aggression, fear and stress in farm animals and to identify housing- and management options that can help to reduce problems caused by suboptimal group sizes. Increasing group size was found to increase the risk...

Author(s)
Rodenburg, T. B.; Koene, P.
Publisher
Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2007, 103, 3/4, pp 205-214
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The objective of the study was to assess the effects of rearing space on behaviour (social and aggressive behaviour), performance (growth rate and carcass characteristics) and meat quality (pH, colour, water holding capacity and shear force) of growing pigs. 120 pigs were reared to slaughter (up to ...

Author(s)
Liorančas, V.; Bakutis, B.; Januškevičienė, G.
Publisher
Polskiego Towarzystwa Nauk Weterynaryjnych, Lublin, Poland
Citation
Medycyna Weterynaryjna, 2006, 62, 3, pp 274-277
Abstract

Under farming conditions piglets generally face several simultaneous stressors including separation from the dam, an abrupt change from milk to a solid diet and changes in the social and housing environments. In this study we tested the hypothesis that increasing the number of environmental...

Author(s)
Hötzel, M. J.; Souza, G. P. P. de; Costa, O. A. D.; Machado Filho, L. C. P.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2011, 135, 1/2, pp 44-50
Abstract

Fifteen litters of 10 piglets were housed with their dams in pens with a floor area of 3.6, 6.8 or 29 m2 (5 litters per floor size). The animals were observed from the day they were born up to the age of 6 weeks and the forms of social behaviour were recorded each day for 24 h. The piglets were...

Author(s)
Hvozdik, A.; Kottferová, J.; Alberto, J. da S.
Publisher
Forschungsinstitut für die Biologie landwirtschaftlicher Nutztiere, Dummerstorf, Germany
Citation
Archiv für Tierzucht, 2002, 45, 6, pp 557-563
Abstract

Living in groups with conspecifics can increase an animal's fitness in the wild. A social environment may also be imposed by commercial farming industries. One important measure of competition and group dynamics is the level of aggressive interaction. This can also influence the level of damage or...

Author(s)
Patullo, B. W.; Baird, H. P.; Macmillan, D. L.
Publisher
Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2009, 120, 3/4, pp 231-237
Abstract

Author(s)
Czakó, J.
Citation
Tierzucht, 1985, 39, 10, pp 438-439
Abstract

The author examined the effects of confinement on social interactions of dry (non-lactating) sows, and the effects of continuous noise on communication between sows and piglets during suckling. The interaction patterns of dry sows were analysed with respect to their effects on the behaviour of...

Author(s)
Jensen, P.
Publisher
Department of Animal Hygiene, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Agricultural Sciences, Skara, Sweden
Citation
Confinement and continuous noise as environmental factors affecting communication in the domestic pig., 1983, pp 146pp.

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