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Objectives: To quantify behavior and productivity of females grouped in small static groups when fed using a single-entry/exit electronic sow feeder (ESF) over two consecutive gestation periods. Materials and methods: Fifty-eight gilts with no previous experience in group gestation housing were...

Author(s)
Campler, M.; Pairis-Garcia, M.; Kieffer, J.; Moeller, S.
Publisher
American Association of Swine Veterinarians, Perry, USA
Citation
Journal of Swine Health and Production, 2019, 27, 2, pp 76-86
Abstract

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

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
CAB ReviewFull Text

In many animal species, facial expressions are key elements for recognizing emotions and numerous types of social interaction. Emotions are complex reactions that allow individuals to cope with full events that have either positive or negative meaning and involve certain neurophysiological...

Author(s)
Lezama-García, K.; Orihuela, A.; Olmos-Hernández, A.; Reyes-Long, S.; Mota-Rojas, D.
Publisher
CABI, Wallingford, UK
Citation
CAB Reviews, 2019, 14, 028, pp 1-12
Abstract

Background: Pigs are active animals that require a suitable environment to be able to express their exploratory behaviour. The aim of the present study was to compare the effects of different environmental enrichments on the behaviour, social interactions, salivary cortisol concentration and body...

Author(s)
Giuliotti, L.; Benvenuti, M. N.; Giannarelli, A.; Mariti, C.; Gazzano, A.
Publisher
MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland
Citation
Animals, 2019, 9, 3, pp 101
Abstract

The present study's aim was to assess the test-retest reliability (TRR) of the 'Welfare Quality® animal welfare assessment protocol for sows and piglets' focusing on the welfare principle 'appropriate behavior'. TRR was calculated using Spearman's rank correlation coefficient (RS), intraclass...

Author(s)
Friedrich, L.; Krieter, J.; Kemper, N.; Czycholl, I.
Publisher
MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland
Citation
Animals, 2019, 9, 7, pp 398
Abstract

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

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

The animal welfare is maybe the main factor in livestock breeding, including keeping wild animals. In order not have any problems (health, economic), animals behaviour analyses with cameras can be an appropriate and relatively cheap solution. The present study aims to show the difference between...

Author(s)
Kovács, V.; Újváry, D.; Szemethy, L.
Publisher
Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2017, 195, pp 112-114
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

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