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The effect of temporary confinement of hyperprolific sows in Sow Welfare and Piglet protection pens on sow behaviour and salivary cortisol concentrations

By J. Hales, V. A. Moustsen, M. B. F. Nielsen, C. F. Hansen

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The aim of this study was to investigate effects of confinement in Sow Welfare and Piglet protection pens (SWAP pen) for four days after farrowing on sow behaviour and salivary cortisol levels. Sows were randomly allocated to three treatments: loose-loose (LL), loose-confined (LC) or confined-confined (CC). Sows in LL were loose housed when they entered the farrowing unit until weaning. Sows in LC were loose housed to the end of farrowing and then confined to day 4 of lactation. Sows in CC were confined from day 114 of gestation to day 4 after farrowing. All sows were loose housed from day 4 to weaning. Regardless of treatment, sow behaviour was characterized by a low frequency of postural changes (

Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 183
Pages 19-27
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.applanim.2016.07.008
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Housing
  3. Lactation
  4. sows