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Evidence for litter differences in play behaviour in pre-weaned pigs

By S. M. Brown, M. Klaffenbock, I. M. Nevison, A. B. Lawrence

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The aim of this study was to analyse spontaneous play behaviour in litters of domestic pigs ( Sus scrofa) for sources of variation at individual and litter levels and to relate variation in play to measures of pre and postnatal development. Seven litters of commercially bred piglets ( n=70) were born (farrowed) within a penning system (PigSAFE) that provided opportunities for the performance of spontaneous play behaviours. Individual behaviour was scored based on an established play ethogram for 2 days per week over the 3 week study period. We found strong evidence of litter differences in play behaviour ( F(6,63)=27.30, p

Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 172
Pages 17-25
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
DOI 10.1016/j.applanim.2015.09.007
Language English
Author Address Division of Neurobiology, The Roslin Institute, The University of Edinburgh, Easter Bush, Midlothian EH25 9RG,
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animals
  3. Birth
  4. Effect
  5. Humans
  6. Litters
  7. Livestock
  8. Mammals
  9. Men
  10. peer-reviewed
  11. Pigs
  12. postnatal development
  13. Primates
  14. Research
  15. Suiformes
  16. ungulates
  17. variation
  18. vertebrates
  19. weaning
  20. Wild animals
  1. peer-reviewed