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Group suckling cohesion as a prelude to the formation of teat order in piglets

By Janko Skok, Dejan Škorjanc

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During the lactation period, piglets experience intense social interactions with their littermates until they establish a reliable teat order on the mother's udder. Here, we examined group suckling cohesion in piglet littermates, an order mechanism that refer to the maintenance of significantly similar inter-individual distances on the udder and operates prior to the establishment of teat order. We analysed the suckling positions of 160 piglets from 16 litters, the distances between individuals on the udder in each suckling, and the stability of their suckling positions during lactation. Teat order stabilised by day 10 (PSuck=0.62) and remained relatively stable (≈0.60) throughout the rest of lactation. Littermates tended to maintain significantly similar distances from one another on the udder throughout lactation [r=0.30 (p

Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 154
Pages 15-21
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
DOI 10.1016/j.applanim.2014.02.003
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  1. Distance
  2. Groups
  3. Pigs
  4. suckling
  5. teats