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Nose contact is a frequent form of social behaviour in pigs, but the motivational reasons underlying this behaviour remain unclear. We investigated the frequency, direction and type of sow-piglet nosing behaviour and its association with sow and piglet traits. Social nosing behaviour was recorded...

Author(s)
Portele, K.; Scheck, K.; Siegmann, S.; Feitsch, R.; Maschat, K.; Rault, J. L.; Camerlink, I.
Publisher
MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland
Citation
Animals, 2019, 9, 8, pp 513
Abstract

Early life experiences can affect social behaviour in later life, but opportunities for socio-behavioural development are often overlooked in current husbandry practices. This experiment investigated the effects of rearing piglets in two-stage group lactation (GL) system from 7 or 14 days of age on ...

Author(s)
Verdon, M.; Morrison, R. S.; Rault, J. L.
Publisher
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK
Citation
Animal, 2019, 13, 10, pp 2327-2335
Abstract

The aim of the study was to investigate maternal characteristics, such as behaviour towards piglets and humans, nest-building as well as lying down behaviour of sows and to determine their influence on biological performance data. Repeatability of behaviour across multiple litters and relationships ...

Author(s)
Minihuber, U.; Hagmüller, W.; Gallnböck, M.; Riffert, V.
Publisher
Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart, Germany
Citation
Züchtungskunde, 2019, 91, 2, pp 85-101
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

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

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

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