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Behaviour of gilts before and at parturition after intensified human-animal contact, training to be driven, or exposure to a farrowing pen

By Anska Brötje, Lorenz Gygax, Edna Hillmann, Beat Wechsler

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During rearing and until first insemination, housing conditions of gilts are relatively constant and the few human-animal interactions negative. Around first parturition, however, gilts experience intensified contact with stockpersons and are subjected to new management procedures such as being...

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  1. Behavior and behavior mechanisms
  2. Farrowing
  3. Gilts
  4. ontogeny
  5. performance