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Effects of social environment on welfare status and sexual behaviour of female pigs. II. Effects of space allowance

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

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This study examined the effects of housing groups of adult female pigs (6 pigs per group) with a space allowance of 1, 2 or 3 msuperscript 2 per pig on sexual behaviour and welfare status, determined by plasma free-corticosteroid concentrations. A lower percentage of gilts was detected in oestrus and a lower percentage of gilts was mated when housed with a space allowance of 1 msuperscript 2 per gilt than with a space allowance of either 2 or 3 msuperscript 2 per gilt (oestrus detection rate of 79, 88 and 100

Date 1986
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 16
Issue 3
Pages 259-267
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
Language English
Author Address Anim. Res. Inst., Werribee, Vic. 3030, Australia.
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animal diseases
  3. Animal housing
  4. Animal reproduction
  5. Animal rights
  6. Animal welfare
  7. Farms
  8. Females
  9. Floors
  10. Glucocorticoids
  11. Housing
  12. Mammals
  13. Meat animals
  14. peer-reviewed
  15. population density
  16. Sexual behavior
  17. sexuality
  18. Sexual practices
  19. space
  20. stocking density
  21. stocking rates
  22. Stress
  23. Swine
  24. welfare
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  1. peer-reviewed