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The ability to assess emotionality is important within animal welfare research. Yet, for farm animals, few tests of emotionality have been well validated. Here we investigated the construct validity of behavioural measures of pig emotionality in an open-field test by manipulating the experiences of ...

Author(s)
Donald, R. D.; Healy, S. D.; Lawrence, A. B.; Rutherford, K. M. D.
Publisher
Elsevier, New York, USA
Citation
Physiology & Behavior, 2011, 104, 5, pp 906-913
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
Abstract

The behavioural responses of 208 gilts were tested in the following situations: 1, an open field with a novel stimulus (bucket or human); 2, individual access to feed for 15 min after 20 h of starvation; 3, competition for feed after starvation; and 4, general activity and feeding behaviour in a...

Author(s)
Spoolder, H. A. M.; Burbidge, J. A.; Lawrence, A. B.; Simmins, P. H.; Edwards, S. A.
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 1996, 49, 2, pp 185-198
Abstract

This study examined the consistency of individual differences in responsiveness to a number of non-social and social challenges in female pigs. Two separate groups of gilts were exposed to a series of handling tests including willingness to leave the group residential pen, ease of movement through...

Author(s)
Lawrence, A. B.; Terlouw, E. M. C.; Illius, A. W.
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 1991, 30, 1-2, pp 73-86