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The objective of this study was to investigate if female growing pigs spend similar amounts of time exploring a wooden stick as they do exploring enrichment material regardless of its proximity to the feeder. Forty-eight pigs aged 18 to 26 weeks allocated to 16 pens with three pigs per pen were...

Author(s)
Dalmau, A.; Areal, B.; Machado, S.; Pallisera, J.; Velarde, A.
Publisher
Routledge, Philadelphia, USA
Citation
Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 2019, 22, 2, pp 116-126
Abstract

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

Temporary confinement during parturition and early postpartum may provide an intermediary step preceding loose housing that offers improvement in sow and piglet welfare. Three experiments were conducted to investigate the implications of replacing farrowing crates (FCs) with an alternative housing...

Author(s)
Singh, C.; Verdon, M.; Cronin, G. M.; Hemsworth, P. H.
Publisher
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK
Citation
Animal, 2017, 11, 7, pp 1210-1221
Abstract

Pigs reared in barren conditions are exposed to many different stressors, compromising their welfare and producing physiological and behavioural changes. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of environmental enrichment (EE) consisting of natural hemp ropes, sawdust, rubber balls, and a...

Author(s)
Casal-Plana, N.; Manteca, X.; Dalmau, A.; Fàbrega, E.
Publisher
Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2017, 195, pp 38-43
Abstract

Prenatal stress (PNS) can have detrimental effects on behaviour and welfare, such as decreased exploration. Whether housing enrichment before weaning compensate negative effect of PNS in commercial pigs is unknown. To address this question, 44 sows were assigned to either a mixing stress (T) or a...

Author(s)
Brajon, S.; Ringgenberg, N.; Torrey, S.; Bergeron, R.; Devillers, N.
Publisher
Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2017, 197, pp 15-23
Abstract

Production systems for fattening pigs have been characterized over the last 2 decades by rising farm sizes coupled with increasing group sizes. These developments resulted in a serious public discussion regarding animal welfare and health in these intensive production systems. Even though large...

Author(s)
Meyer-Hamme, S. E. K.; Lambertz, C.; Gauly, M.
Publisher
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK
Citation
Animal, 2016, 10, 1, pp 142-149
Abstract

In today's production systems, pigs raised for slaughter are mixed many times, resulting in stress and fighting. The negative consequences of mixing are probably more severe with entire males than with castrates, as they fight more. In this project, we studied a system without castration where...

Author(s)
Rydhmer, L.; Hansson, M.; Lundström, K.; Brunius, C.; Andersson, K.
Publisher
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK
Citation
Animal, 2013, 7, 9, pp 1532-1541
AbstractFull Text

The objective of the study was to compare two treatments, a prototype object (Object) or a distribution of straw via a rack (Straw). Each treatment was assigned to three pens in two rooms comprising six pens of 7 m2. Each pen was composed of 5 castrated males and 5 females. The floor was made up of ...

Author(s)
Courboulay, V.
Publisher
Institut du Porc, Paris, France
Citation
Journées de la Recherche Porcine en France, 2006, 38, pp 421-426
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

Author(s)
Arey, D. S.
Publisher
CABI Publishing, Wallingford, UK
Citation
Pig News and Information, 1995, 16, 4, pp 123N-126N

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