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The welfare of gestating sows in conventional stalls and large groups on deep litter

By G. A. M. Karlen, P. H. Hemsworth, H. W. Gonyou, E. Fabrega, A. D. Strom, R. J. Smits

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Confinement of breeding sows and gilts is a controversial welfare issue in livestock production and there is worldwide interest in finding alternative housing systems for gestating pigs. This study measured aspects of the welfare of gestating sows housed in either large groups on deep litter (Hoops) or conventional stalls (Stalls). Six hundred and forty sows were studied, with 40 recently mated sows weekly entering each treatment over an 8-week period; groups of 85 were formed using 40 experimental and 45 non-experimental animals. Sows in Hoops had a higher (P<0.001) number of scratches, a higher (P<0.01) return rate to oestrus after mating (13.20% versus 7.35

Date 2007
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 105
Issue 1/3
Pages 87-101
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
Language English
Author Address Animal Welfare Science Centre, The University of Melbourne and Department of Primary Industries, 600 Sneydes Road, Werribee, Victoria 3030, Australia.
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  1. Aggression
  2. Animal behavior
  3. Animal health and hygiene
  4. Animal housing
  5. Animal reproduction
  6. Animal rights
  7. Animal welfare
  8. Farms
  9. Group size
  10. Immunity
  11. Lameness
  12. Mammals
  13. Meat animals
  14. peer-reviewed
  15. Reproduction
  16. stalls
  17. Stress
  18. Stress response
  19. Swine
  20. weaning
  1. peer-reviewed