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Behavioural patterns and plasma epinephrine, norepinephrine and cortisol responses were studied in domestic pigs with different dominance status during 10-h social confrontation tests with a familiar and an unfamiliar group. In each of 8 trials 2 groups of 9 growing pigs (12 weeks old) were tested. ...

Otten, W.; Puppe, B.; Kanitz, E.; Schön, P. C.; Stabenow, B.
Journal of Veterinary Medicine. Series A, 1999, 46, 5, pp 277-292
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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

Four trials were carried out, where in each trial during a selection test 2 groups of growing pigs (12 weeks old) with 9 animals each were randomly formed. After a week, the top (TR) and bottom (BR) ranking pig from each group was isolated and kept under single housing conditions. At the age of 15...

Otten, W.; Puppe, B.; Stabenow, B.; Kanitz, E.; Schön, P. C.; Brüssow, K. P.; Nürnberg, G.
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 1997, 55, 1/2, pp 79-90