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The influence of handling by humans on the behaviour, reproduction and corticosteroids of male and female pigs

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

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The influence of three handling treatments was studied in 15 male and 30 female pigs. Two handling treatments, considered as pleasant and unpleasant, were imposed for 5 min, three times a week from 11 weeks of age. The third handling treatment involved minimal contact with humans from 11 weeks of age. In a 3-min test at 18 weeks, pigs in the pleasant treatment were quicker to enter an area within 0.5 m of the experimenter and had more interactions with the experimenter than pigs in the unpleasant and minimal treatments. Gilts in the unpleasant treatment had a lower pregnancy rate at the second oestrus when mated to non-experimental boars than gilts in the pleasant treatment (33.3 and 87.5

Date 1986
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 15
Issue 4
Pages 303-314
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
Language English
Author Address Anim. Res. Inst., Dep. Agric., Werribee, Vic. 3030, Australia.
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  1. Animal husbandry
  2. Animal reproduction
  3. Animal Treatment and Diagnosis (Non-Drug)
  4. Blood
  5. Breeding
  6. Concepts
  7. Corticosteroids
  8. Handling
  9. Hormones
  10. Males
  11. Mammals
  12. Management
  13. Meat animals
  14. peer-reviewed
  15. Reproduction
  16. Sexual behavior
  17. sexuality
  18. Sexual practices
  19. size
  20. Stress
  21. Swine
  22. Testes
  23. testicles
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