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Animal Welfare
Using Behavioral and Genomic Tools to Identify Pigs Suited for Group Living
In pigs, social behaviors, such as fighting, can affect the performance of all pigs in a group or result in injury or lameness, leading to culling. Expanding genetic selection programs beyond...
Animal Welfare
A review of heavy weight market pigs: status of knowledge and future needs assessment
Animal Welfare
Caring for compromised swine – an assessment swine marketed through buying stations and development of fitness for transport guidelines
Swine welfare during marketing, defined as the phase during which the pig is in transit between the farm and the meat processing plant, continues to be a priority for the swine industry. Buying...
Animal Welfare
Evaluation of Transportation Conditions on Performance of Weaned and Feeder Pigs
Transportation of pigs at early ages may result in profit-stripping incidence of mortality and compromised animal welfare due to stress stemming from unfavorable transporting conditions. This...
Animal Welfare
Designer Diets Decrease Aggression and Increase Welfare
The current practice of pregnant sow housing uses individual housing in stalls. However, producers are under a great deal of pressure to return sows to group housing due to various reasons....
Animal Welfare
Optimized Minimal Floor-space for Group-Pen System Using Feeding Stalls and Diet Strategy to Improve Well Being
Sow aggression is a common problem associated with group-housing systems especially during feeding and mixing of sows. Grouped-housed sows establish a social hierarchy upon mixing which often reduces...
Animal Welfare
Weaning sows directly into group housing: Effects on aggression, physiology and productivity
In the management of group housed sows, keeping sows in stalls from weaning until five weeks after breeding is a common strategy that serves to prevent aggression, control individual feed intake...
Animal Welfare
Development of a practical, cost-effective pain mitigation technique for castration of piglets
 There is a growing trend towards the development of “welfare-friendly” management practices in production animals....
Animal Welfare
Improving the welfare of group housed sows fed via electronic sow feeding
Managing aggression is important to the success of gestating sows in pens. This study was designed to examine different ways of mixing sows...
Animal Welfare
Validation of EEG measures for pain assessment in piglets aged 0 to 10 days
According to current commercial practice, tail docking of pigs is performed without analgesia and is therefore acutely painful. Negative public perception concerning tail docking without the use of...
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