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This experiment examined the effects of group composition on sow aggressive behaviour and welfare. Over 6 time replicates, 360 sows (parity 1-6) were mixed into groups (10 sows per pen, 1.8 m2/sow) composed of animals that were predicted to be aggressive (n=18 pens) or groups composed of animals...

Author(s)
Verdon, M.; Morrison, R. S.; Hemsworth, P. H.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Behavioural Processes, 2018, 150, pp 17-24
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

The welfare of sows in gestation accommodation, and in particular the use of gestation stalls, is a major issue of concern among the animal-welfare community and pig producers. The objective of the present experiment was to investigate the effects of width (0.6 m v. 0.75 m) and length (2.0 m v. 2.2 ...

Author(s)
Barnett, J. L.; Hemsworth, P. H.; Butler, K. L.; Schirmer, B. N.; Borg, S. S.; Cronin, G. M.
Publisher
CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Australia
Citation
Animal Production Science, 2011, 51, 5, pp 471-480
Abstract

Pregnant Large White × Landrace gilts in groups of 4 were housed at 1.97 or 0.9 m2/pig, with or without partial stalls and fed within the partial stalls or on the floor of the pen. In the 90 min following grouping of the (unfamiliar) pigs, the presence of the partial stalls reduced the number of...

Author(s)
Barnett, J. L.; Hemsworth, P. H.; Cronin, G. M.; Newman, E. A.; McCallum, T. H.; Chilton, D.
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 1992, 34, 3, pp 207-220
Abstract

Plasma free-corticosteroid concentrations, aggressive behaviour and motivation to interact socially and explore a novel environment were observed in 39 female pigs housed either in groups of 4-7 animals or in tether stalls over 2 parities. Gilts in tethers in their first pregnancy had significantly ...

Author(s)
Barnett, J. L.; Hemsworth, P. H.; Winfield, C. G.; Fahy, V. A.
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 1987, 17, 3/4, pp 229-243
Abstract

The influence of 4 handling treatments on behaviour, growth and free corticosteroid concentrations was studied in 32 young female pigs housed in individual pens. The pleasant treatment involved stroking the pig whenever it approached the experimenter, the unpleasant treatment involved forcing the...

Author(s)
Hemsworth, P. H.; Barnett, J. L.; Hansen, C.
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 1987, 17, 3/4, pp 245-252
Abstract

Plasma free-corticosteroid concentrations, aggressive behaviour and levels of motivation to interact socially and explore a novel environment were observed to test the hypothesis that the chronic stress response previously observed in tether-housed pigs may have been due to unresolved aggression...

Author(s)
Barnett, J. L.; Hemsworth, P. H.; Winfield, C. G.
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 1987, 18, 2, pp 133-142