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Predicting time spent on different behavioural activities from physicochemical properties of fibrous diets in finishing pigs

By A. G. Bakare, S. P. Ndou, J. Madzimure, M. Chimonyo

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The objective of the present study was to predict time spent on different behavioural activities by finishing pigs, using physicochemical measurements of fibrous feed. Eighty four Large White * Landrace barrows with 80.54.7 kg body weight (BW) at the beginning of the experiment were used. Feed varying in physicochemical properties was fed to the pigs. Time spent eating, drinking, lying down, sitting, standing and other activities was recorded by video cameras. Neutral detergent fibre (NDF) and acid detergent fibre (ADF) were best predictor variables for time spent eating and they both produced a curvilinear response with time spent eating ( P

Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 167
Pages 1-8
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
DOI 10.1016/j.applanim.2015.03.012
Language English
Author Address Animal and Poultry Science, School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg 3209, South Africa.Chimonyo@ukzn.ac.za
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animal nutrition
  3. Animals
  4. Body weight
  5. Chemicals
  6. Diets
  7. Dog Breeds
  8. Feeding
  9. Feeding behavior
  10. Fiber
  11. Land
  12. Mammals
  13. peer-reviewed
  14. Pigs
  15. predictions
  16. properties
  17. Suiformes
  18. ungulates
  19. vertebrates
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