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Excessive aggression between pigs at mixing is a welfare and production issue resulting in stress, injuries and economic losses. If it can be demonstrated that aggression is a consistent behaviour trait, it might provide a means to reduce these losses. To test for consistency of aggressiveness, 163 ...

Author(s)
Clark, C. C. A.; D'Eath, R. B.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2013, 147, 1/2, pp 81-93
Abstract

Measures taken on animals are subject to variations and their reliability may represent one of their main limitations when used in a welfare assessment tool. Test-retest reliability refers to the likelihood that the same results will be obtained if the assessment is repeated by the same observer....

Author(s)
Temple, D.; Manteca, X.; Dalmau, A.; Velarde, A.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Livestock Science, 2013, 151, 1, pp 35-45
Abstract

The behavioural interactions of sows housed in groups are described in a series of studies. The knowledge of the factors that affect group behaviour is emphasized in order to successfully house sows in groups without negatively affecting health, fertility and welfare.

Author(s)
Krauss, A. V.
Publisher
Schlütersche Verlagsgesellschaft GmbH & Co. KG, Hannover, Germany
Citation
Praktische Tierarzt, 2013, 94, 6, pp 545...548
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

Early detection of health and welfare compromises in commercial piggeries is essential for timely intervention to enhance treatment success, reduce impact on welfare, and promote sustainable pig production. Behavioural changes that precede or accompany subclinical and clinical signs may have...

Author(s)
Matthews, S. G.; Miller, A. L.; Clapp, J.; Plötz, T.; Kyriazakis, I.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Veterinary Journal, 2016, 217, pp 43-51
Abstract

For the study from a total of 679 female pigs kept in a progeny test station in 64 groups mostly with 12 pigs each, the data from all visits at an electronic feeding station (EFS) were analysed. In 93 pigs (8 groups) all agonistic interactions at the EFS were recorded in continuous observations...

Author(s)
Hoy, S.; Schamun, S.; Weirich, C.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2012, 139, 1/2, pp 58-64
Abstract

For groups of pigs to cope adequately with their housing conditions they need sufficient static space (occupied by the body of the pig), activity space (for movement between different functional areas and behaviours relating to these) and interaction space (for appropriate social behaviour)....

Author(s)
Spoolder, H. A. M.; Aarnink, A. A. J.; Vermeer, H. M.; Riel, J. van; Edwards, S. A.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2012, 138, 3/4, pp 229-239
Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine how increasing the frequency of co-mingling affected piglets' behavior development before and after weaning. Co-mingling once (CM1), piglets interacted with 1 unfamiliar litter Days 10-18 after birth; co-mingling twice (CM2), piglets interacted with 1...

Author(s)
Kanaan, V. T.; Lay, D. C., Jr.; Richert, B. T.; Pajor, E. A.
Publisher
Routledge, Philadelphia, USA
Citation
Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 2012, 15, 2, pp 163-180
Abstract

Analogous to the way in which repeated episodes of stress can lead to a negative emotional state, it is possible that repeated positive emotions could lead to a positive emotional state. Positive emotions can be induced by providing enrichment or by successfully coping with cognitive challenges....

Author(s)
Imfeld-Mueller, S.; Hillmann, E.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2012, 137, 1/2, pp 23-29
Abstract

We examined effects of deprivation of feed, social contact and bedding on the choice behaviour in Y maze tests. Eighty pigs were used to study two main effects: feed (estimated voluntary feed intake (VFI) vs. 70% VFI) and bedding (presence vs. absence), experiment 1; social contact (full vs....

Author(s)
Hemsworth, P. H.; Smith, K.; Karlen, M. G.; Arnold, N. A.; Moeller, S. J.; Barnett, J. L.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Behavioural Processes, 2011, 87, 2, pp 210-217

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