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There is growing evidence that positive social interactions can attenuate the effects of stressful life experiences. However, little is known about the benefits of social partners on stress responses in farm animals. Therefore, in this study we examined the effects of social support on the...

Tuchscherer, M.; Kanitz, E.; Puppe, B.; Hameister, T.; Tuchscherer, A.
Elsevier, New York, USA
Physiology & Behavior, 2014, 131, pp 25-32
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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