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Early life socialization of piglets has been shown to reduce piglet aggression at weaning, but information on sow health and long-term benefits is lacking. We aimed to assess how socialization impacts sow udder quality and long-term pig behaviour and growth. At two weeks of age, 65 litters either...

Author(s)
Camerlink, I.; Farish, M.; D'Eath, R. B.; Arnott, G.; Turner, S. P.
Publisher
MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland
Citation
Animals, 2018, 8, 11, pp 192
Abstract

Mixing of growing pigs results in aggressive contests between group members. As aggression serves to establish dominance relationships, it is possible that increased initial aggression may facilitate the formation of social hierarchies. The objective of the study was to investigate whether there is ...

Author(s)
Desire, S.; Turner, S. P.; D'Eath, R. B.; Doeschl-Wilson, A. B.; Lewis, C. R. G.; Roehe, R.
Publisher
Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2015, 166, pp 52-62
Abstract

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

Weaning of piglets involves a combination of stressors: a change of environment and diet, separation from the sow and mixing of unfamiliar litters. If litters are mixed before weaning instead, aggression and mixing stress are reduced. The present study aimed to test whether pre-weaning mixing of...

Author(s)
D'Eath, R. B.
Publisher
Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2005, 93, 3/4, pp 199-211
Abstract

Young growing pigs of both sexes housed in littermate groups of eight were given an aggressiveness score based on two resident-intruder tests. They were then mixed into new groups of eight, composed of four randomly selected pigs from each of two litters, and behaviour was observed for 2 days (days ...

Author(s)
D'Eath, R. B.
Publisher
Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2002, 77, 4, pp 267-283
Abstract

Aggression when pigs are mixed into new social groups has negative impacts on welfare and production. Aggressive behaviour is moderately heritable and could be reduced by genetic selection. The possible wider impacts of selection for reduced aggressiveness on handling traits and activity in the...

Author(s)
D'Eath, R. B.; Roehe, R.; Turner, S. P.; Ison, S. H.; Farish, M.; Jack, M. C.; Lawrence, A. B.
Publisher
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK
Citation
Animal, 2009, 3, 11, pp 1544-1554