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The effects of group size/stocking density on weanling pig performance and behavior

By H. M. Spicer, F. X. Aherne

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77 Yorkshire X Landrace pigs from 10 litters were weaned at 28 days of age and housed in group sizes of 1, 2 or 4 pigs per pen. For the 28-day experimental period, body weight gain and voluntary feed consumption were significantly lower for pigs housed in groups of 4 than for other pigs. The weight gain:feed ratio was not affected by housing. The percentages of time that the pigs were observed to be resting, active and non-feeding, or sitting did not differ among treatments. Pigs penned in pairs spent significantly more time feeding (16.3

Date 1987
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 19
Issue 1-2
Pages 89-98
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
Language English
Author Address Dep. Animal Science, Univ. Alberta, Edmonton, Alta. T6G 2P5, Canada.
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animal husbandry
  3. Animal nutrition
  4. Feed intake
  5. Food consumption
  6. Group size
  7. Growth
  8. Housing
  9. Mammals
  10. peer-reviewed
  11. performance
  12. Swine
  13. Weight
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