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Sow free farrowing behaviour: Experiential, seasonal and individual variation

By Rebecca L. King, Emma M. Baxter, Stephanie M. Matheson, Sandra A. Edwards

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Although sow confinement at farrowing is inherently stressful, farrowing crates remain in widespread commercial use. Sows adapt to their environment, however adaptation may be counter-productive if the farrowing system changes. The current study observed the behaviour of second parity sows...

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  1. Experience
  2. Maternal behavior
  3. Pigs
  4. Straw