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  1. Effects of farrowing stall layout and number of heat lamps on sow and piglet behavior

    Contributor(s):: Leonard, Suzanne M., Xin, Hongwei, Brown-Brandl, Tami M., Ramirez, Brett C., Johnson, Anna K., Dutta, Somak, Rohrer, Gary A.

  2. Behaviour of Beetal does and bucks at linear vs. hexagonal feeder with special reference to homologous regrouping

    Contributor(s):: Kaur, Gurpreet, Kaswan, Sandeep, Singla, Mandeep, Sharma, Amit, Lamba, Jaspal Singh

  3. Health and Body Conditions of Riding School Horses Housed in Groups or Kept in Conventional Tie-Stall/Box Housing

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    | Contributor(s):: Jenny Yngvesson, Juan Carlos Rey Torres, Jasmine Lindholm, Annika Pättiniemi, Petra Andersson, Hanna Sassner

    We compared welfare measures of horses among Swedish riding schools (RS) during winter where horses were kept either in group housing (n = 8) or in tie-stalls/boxes (n = 8), Health data for six previous months were obtained for all horses at each RS from their records. Ten horses per...

  4. Early feeding experiences of piglets and their impact on novel environment behaviour and food neophobia

    | Contributor(s):: Middelkoop, Anouschka, Kemp, Bas, Bolhuis, J. Elizabeth

    We studied whether feeding experiences of piglets during lactation influence novel environment behaviour pre-weaning and food acceptance pre- and post-weaning. In a 2 × 2 arrangement, litters (n = 10/treatment) received creep feed as monotonous diet (MO) or four feed items as diverse diet (DD)...

  5. Comparative assessment of general behaviour and fear-related responses in hatchery-hatched and on-farm hatched broiler chickens

    | Contributor(s):: Giersberg, Mona F., Poolen, Ilse, de Baere, Kris, Gunnink, Henk, van Hattum, Theo, van Riel, Johan W., de Jong, Ingrid C.

    Traditionally, broiler chickens hatch in the hatchery and they are usually not provided with feed and water until placement at the farm. This can have negative effects on their health and welfare. Therefore, alternative systems providing early nutrition, for instance by hatching eggs in a poultry...

  6. Motivation for feeding in broiler breeder pullets fed different types of restricted high-fibre diets

    | Contributor(s):: Riber, Anja B., Tahamtani, Fernanda M.

    High-fibre diets have been suggested as alternative feeding strategies that potentially may alleviate the hunger felt by feed-restricted broiler breeders and fulfil their behavioural need for feeding behaviour. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of four dietary...

  7. Preliminary investigation of social interactions and feeding behavior in captive group-housed Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus Harrisii)

    | Contributor(s):: Skelton, Candice J. A., Stannard, Hayley J.

    As the number of Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii) in captivity increases, an understanding of captive social dynamics and behavior is becoming increasingly important. In the wild, devils are solitary, although sometimes, they congregate to feed on a large carcass. However, it is common to...

  8. The Effect of an Irregular Feeding Schedule on Equine Behavior

    | Contributor(s):: Zupan, Manja, Štuhec, Ivan, Jordan, Dušanka

    We used eight horses 1 to 12 years old to investigate the influence of irregular feeding times on the behavior. The animals were housed in individual boxes, fed with hay ad libitum and barley-oat mixture at three set times; 05:00 (earlier feeding) on Thursdays, 07:00 (delayed feeding) on...

  9. Food for Thought: Assessing Visitor Comfort and Attitudes toward Carcass Feeding at the ABQ BioPark Zoo

    | Contributor(s):: Roth, Ellen K., Visscher, Nick C., Ha, Renee Robinette

    Enrichment is a key to keeping animals in zoos healthy and stimulated. For carnivores, the practice of feeding vertebrate animal carcasses, like those of goats or deer, or whole body prey animals like chickens or rabbits, can be an effective form of enrichment. While it is beneficial for animal...

  10. Trade-offs between feeding and social companionship in cattle: Intra-animal consistency over short and extended periods

    | Contributor(s):: Hirata, Masahiko, Taketomi, Ikuko, Matsumoto, Yuka, Kubo, Shotaro

    The conflict between sociability and foraging motivation in animals is considered to be of potential value for use in the management of grassland systems to improve grazing pattern of livestock over grasslands. However, individual differences in behaviors relating to this conflict have not been...

  11. Short- and long-term effects of eight enrichment materials on the behaviour of finishing pigs fed ad libitum or restrictively

    | Contributor(s):: Zwicker, Bettina, Gygax, Lorenz, Wechsler, Beat, Weber, Roland

    In a semi-natural environment, a lot of the daily activity of pigs is spent in exploratory and foraging behaviour. Providing enrichment material attractive to the pigs both over the short and long term is therefore important in intensive housing systems. This study aimed to investigate the effect...

  12. Effects of restraint with or without blinds at the feed barrier on feeding and agonistic behaviour in horned and hornless goats

    | Contributor(s):: Hillmann, Edna, Hilfiker, Sandra, Keil, Nina Maria

    The strict dominance hierarchy in goats bears the risk of low-ranking goats not getting adequate access to feed, especially for goats in small groups. The aim of our study was to test the effect of restraint in headlocks with and without blinds at the feed barrier on feeding and agonistic...

  13. Effects of different systems of feeding supplements on time budgets of cows grazing restricted pasture allowances

    | Contributor(s):: Hetti Arachchige, Anoma D., Fisher, Andrew D., Auldist, Martin J., Wales, William J., Jongman, Ellen C.

    Farm systems that use a feed-pad for delivering mixed-rations to dairy cows are becoming more common in countries with primarily pasture-based dairy systems, such as Australia. However, feeding a ration on a feed-pad may alter cows’ key daily behaviours such as grazing, ruminating and resting,...

  14. Cattle habitat selection and associated habitat characteristics under free-range grazing within heterogeneous Montane rangelands of Alberta

    | Contributor(s):: Kaufmann, Jillian, Bork, Edward W., Blenis, Peter V., Alexander, Michael J.

    The integration of multiple uses on public rangeland requires reliable information on patterns of livestock use. We used GPS data and field plot utilization indices to examine cattle selection at the landscape and patch levels, respectively, within a heterogeneous Montane environment of SW...

  15. Behavioural changes in dairy cows with lameness in an automatic milking system

    | Contributor(s):: Miguel-Pacheco, Giuliana G., Kaler, Jasmeet, Remnant, John, Cheyne, Lydia, Abbott, Caroline, French, Andrew P., Pridmore, Tony P., Huxley, Jonathan N.

    There is a tendency worldwide for the automation of farms; this has included the introduction of automatic milking systems (AMS) in the dairy industry. Lameness in dairy cows is highly prevalent and painful. These impacts potentially affect not only animal welfare, but also farm economies. Three...

  16. Using rainbow trout Oncorhynchus mykiss as self-feeding actuators for white-spotted charr Salvelinus leucomaenis: Implications for production and welfare

    | Contributor(s):: Noble, Chris, Flood, Matthew James, Tabata, Mitsuo

    Self-feeding systems, where fish actuate a trigger to obtain food, can be a useful feed management tool for aquaculture. However, some species such as the white-spotted charr Salvelinus leucomaenis can be poor self-feeders. The current experiment evaluated the production and welfare effects of...

  17. Responses of wild reindeer (Rangifer tarandus tarandus) when provoked by a snow-kiter or skier: A model approach

    | Contributor(s):: Colman, Jonathan E., Lilleeng, Marte S., Tsegaye, Diress, Vigeland, Magnus D., Reimers, Eigil

    We compared reindeer (Rangifer tarandus tarandus) fright responses towards a directly approaching snow-kiter or skier in Norefjell-Reinsjøfjell, Norway during winter in 2006–2007. Fright response distances sampled in the field were significantly longer when approached by a snow-kiter than by a...

  18. Ration composition affects short-term diurnal feeding patterns of dairy heifers

    | Contributor(s):: Greter, Angela M., von Keyserlingk, Marina A. G., DeVries, Trevor J.

    The objective of this study was to compare the short-term (first week of adaptation to a new ration) behaviour of dairy heifers when fed a low-concentrate, high-forage ration ad libitum to when fed a high-concentrate ration in a limited amount followed by ad libitum access to straw for the...

  19. Investigations on feed intake and social behaviour of fattening pigs fed at an electronic feeding station

    | Contributor(s):: Hoy, Steffen, Schamun, Sonja, Weirich, Carmen

    For the study from a total of 679 female pigs kept in a progeny test station in 64 groups mostly with 12 pigs each, the data from all visits at an electronic feeding station (EFS) were analysed. In 93 pigs (8 groups) all agonistic interactions at the EFS were recorded in continuous observations...

  20. Human–marmoset interactions in a city park

    | Contributor(s):: Leite, Giovana C., Duarte, Marina H. L., Young, Robert J.

    Urban wildlife, frequently, comes into contact with human city dwellers and these interactions can be viewed positively or negatively by people. In the city of Belo Horizonte (Minas Gerais, Brazil) many city parks have groups of black-tufted marmosets (Callithrix penicillata), which interact with...