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Relationship between backtest and coping styles in pigs

By Jessica R. Spake, Kent A. Gray, Joseph P. Cassady

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The objective of this study was to examine relationships between behaviors in three different standard tests of temperament in pigs, Sus scrofa. For the backtest, pigs (n=575) were placed in the supine position for 60s. Each pig was tested twice. Amount of time struggling and number of struggle attempts during each test was recorded and combined to give total time struggling and total struggle attempts. Increased total time struggling was weakly associated with low preweaning average daily gain (r=−0.24; P

Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 140
Issue 3
Pages 146-153
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
DOI 10.1016/j.applanim.2012.06.007
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  1. Coping
  2. Objects
  3. Pigs
  4. responses
  5. tests