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Nest-building behaviour and activity budgets of sows provided with different materials

By Ellen Marie Rosvold, Ruth C. Newberry, Tore Framstad, Inger-Lise Andersen

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Domestic sows are still highly motivated to build a nest before farrowing. Many pig houses have slurry systems that do not allow use of long straw or other bulky materials that could block the drains, which provides an incentive to investigate the functionality of finer-grained materials for nest...

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  1. Maternal behavior
  2. peat
  3. sows
  4. Straw