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Analysis of the phenotypic link between behavioural traits at mixing and increased long-term social stability in group-housed pigs

By S. Desire, S. P. Turner, R. B. D'Eath, A. B. Doeschl-Wilson, C. R. G. Lewis, R. Roehe

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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 a phenotypic link between behavioural traits of aggression at mixing and increased long-term group social stability. Aggressive behavioural traits were recorded for 24 h after mixing, whereas the numbers of skin lesions (anterior, central and posterior) were obtained 24 h (SL24 h) and 3 weeks post-mixing (SL3 wk) for 1,166 pigs. At the group level, aggressive behavioural traits were positively correlated with anterior SL24h (0.34 to 0.67; P

Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 166
Pages 52-62
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
DOI 10.1016/j.applanim.2015.02.015
Language English
Author Address Animal Breeding & Genomics, Animal Behaviour & Welfare Teams, Animal and Veterinary Sciences Group, SRUC (Scotland's Rural College), West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JG, UK.suzanne.desire@sruc.ac.uk rainer.roehe@sruc.ac.uk
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  1. Aggression
  2. Aggressive behavior
  3. Analysis
  4. Animal behavior
  5. Animals
  6. Ethics
  7. Lesions
  8. Mammals
  9. peer-reviewed
  10. Pigs
  11. skin
  12. skin lesions
  13. Social behavior
  14. stability
  15. Suiformes
  16. traits
  17. ungulates
  18. vertebrates
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