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A study of the relationships between the attitudinal and behavioural profiles of stockpersons and the level of fear of human and reproductive performance of commercial pigs

By P. H. Hemsworth, J. L. Barnett, G. J. Coleman, C. Hansen

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Animals on 19 commercial farms were studied. The level of fear of humans by sows was assessed by observing their approach behaviour to an experimenter in a standard 3-min test.The time taken to enter an area within 0.5 m of the experimenter was related to farrowing rate (P<0.01). The use of verbal effort in moving pigs and the number of physical interactions of an intense negative nature (e.g. slapping the animals) were positivity (P<0.01) related to litter size. It was concluded that reproductive performance could be improved by employing stockpersons that have desirable attitudinal and behavioural profiles.

Date 1989
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 23
Issue 4
Pages 301-314
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
Language English
Author Address Animal Research Institute, Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Werribee, Vic. 3030, Australia.
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animal reproduction
  3. Employees
  4. Fertility.
  5. Mammals
  6. Management
  7. peer-reviewed
  8. personnel
  9. staff
  10. Swine
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