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During pregnancy, the maternal immune system is characterized by a shift from adaptive to innate immune functions. Besides, the immune system can be influenced by social rank. Detailed knowledge of pregnancy-associated immune changes and of the interplay of rank-associated and gestation-induced...

Schalk, C.; Pfaffinger, B.; Schmucker, S.; Weiler, U.; Stefanski, V.
MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland
Animals, 2019, 9, 3, pp 112
CAB ReviewFull Text

One potential indication of decreased welfare in pigs is a greater prevalence of disease as a result of compromised immunity in 'stressed' animals. Various studies have endeavoured to assess the effects of stress on pigs. Stressors included social interactions from crowding or mixing pigs, ambient...

Kick, A. R.; Tompkins, M. B.; Almond, G. W.
CABI, Wallingford, UK
CAB Reviews: Perspectives in Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Nutrition and Natural Resources, 2011, 6, 018, pp 1-17
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Rearing practices in pig husbandry can be stressful for animals. Especially, mixing of unfamiliar pregnant sows and the consecutive fighting for establishing a social hierarchy can affect animals' welfare and physiology. The aim of the present study is to evaluate the impacts of a chronic social...

Couret, D.; Prunier, A.; Otten, W.; Puppe, B.; Meunier-Salaün, M. C.; Mounier, A. M.; Lefebvre, M.; Merlot, E.
Institut du Porc, Paris, France
Journées de la Recherche Porcine en France, 2007, 39, pp 63-68