Group composition for fattening entire male pigs under enriched housing conditions - influences on behaviour, injuries and boar taint compounds
Contributor(s):: Holinger, M., Fruh, B., Hillmann, E.
In organic farming, the production of pork from entire male pigs seems to be the most promising alternative to castration, as organic animal husbandry aims at high standards of animal welfare and elimination of mutilations. However, previous research on behaviour of entire male pigs was mostly...
Mixing at the beginning of fattening moderates social buffering in beef bulls
Contributor(s):: Mounier, L., Veissier, I., Andanson, S., Delval, E., Boissy, A.
Cattle establish strong preferential associations early in their life that determine the cohesiveness within a group and can diminish fear responses (i.e. social buffering). Mixing beef bulls at the beginning of fattening may lead to less cohesiveness. Moreover, mixing beef bulls induces...
Perceptions among university students in Seville (Spain) of the rabbit as livestock and as a companion animal
| Contributor(s):: González-Redondo, P., Contreras-Chacón, G. M.
Rabbit preference for cages and pens with or without mirrors
| Contributor(s):: Zotte, A. D., Princz, Z., Matics, Z., Gerencser, Z., Metzger, S., Szendro, Z.
Five-week-old Pannon White rabbits were housed in a closed climatized rabbitry and randomly assigned to either pens (56 rabbits) having a basic area of 1 m2 with a stocking density of 16 and 12 rabbits/m2 or to 18 individual cages (0.24 m2/cage). The pens and the cages were divided into two...
Reliability of an avoidance distance test for the assessment of animals' responsiveness to humans and a preliminary investigation of its association with farmers' attitudes on bull fattening farms
| Contributor(s):: Windschnurer, I., Boivin, X., Waiblinger, S.
In many farm animal species, the relationship to humans affects their welfare considerably. But until now, on-farm studies on fattening bulls have been limited. A feasible, reliable methodology for assessing responses of bulls to humans would be helpful for large scale surveys on this topic....
RICHPIG: a semantic model to assess enrichment materials for pigs
| Contributor(s):: Bracke, M. B. M.
A computer-based model was constructed to assess enrichment materials (EMats) for intensively-farmed weaned, growing and fattening pigs on a scale from 0 to 10. This model, called RICHPIG, was constructed in order to support the further implementation of EC Directive 2001/93/EC, which states that...
Stress measures in tail biters and bitten pigs in a matched case-control study
| Contributor(s):: Munsterhjelm, C., Brunberg, E., Heinonen, M., Keeling, L., Valros, A.
Testing different methods to evaluate pig welfare on farm
| Contributor(s):: Courboulay, V., Foubert, C.
Feasibility and validity of protocols used to assess welfare were evaluated in two fattening rooms in twenty farms, chosen according to the group size, pen shape, floor and space per animal. The two rooms contained animals at the beginning or at the end of the fattening period, respectively....
The behaviour of male fattening pigs following either surgical castration or vaccination with a GnRF vaccine
| Contributor(s):: Baumgartner, J., Laister, S., Koller, M., Pfutzner, A., Grodzycki, M., Andrews, S., Schmoll, F.
Vaccination of male fattening pigs with a gonadotropin releasing factor (GnRF) vaccine is regarded as a possible solution to solve the welfare problem associated with surgical castration, which causes pain and stress even when performed under local or general anaesthesia. The objective of the...
The effect of housing system on the behaviour and growth parameters of fattening rabbits
| Contributor(s):: Postollec, G., Boilletot, E., Maurice, R., Michel, V.
The effects of immuno- and surgical-castration on the behaviour and consequently growth of group-housed, male finisher pigs
| Contributor(s):: Cronin, G. M., Dunshea, F. R., Butler, K. L., McCauley, I., Barnett, J. L., Hemsworth, P. H.
An experiment was conducted to compare behaviour, in particular social and feeding behaviour, and consequently growth performance of group-housed entire and castrated male pigs during the finisher stage of production. Three treatments: (1) entire males, (2) immuno-castrated males, treated with...
The separate and interactive effects of handling and environmental enrichment on the behaviour and welfare of growing pigs
| Contributor(s):: Day, J. E. L., Spoolder, H. A. M., Burfoot, A., Chamberlain, H. L., Edwards, S. A.
The aim of this experiment was to determine the interactive effects of handling and environmental enrichment on the behaviour, performance and welfare of the growing/finishing pigs. Groups of pigs were exposed to one of eight treatments arranged in a 2 x 4 factorial design with two levels of...
The welfare of dairy buffalo.
| Contributor(s):: Rosa, G. de, Grasso, F., Pacelli, C., Napolitano, F., Winckler, C.
The present paper addresses the issue on buffalo welfare. Firstly, the biological characteristics and behavioural needs of buffalo are considered. Subsequently, the effects of intensive farming and some animal-related indicators, to be used for a monitoring scheme of buffalo welfare at farm...
Welfare assessment in 82 pig farms: effect of animal age and floor type on behaviour and injuries in fattening pigs
| Contributor(s):: Courboulay, V., Eugene, A., Delarue, E.
A welfare assessment method was built, based on criteria related to behaviour, lesion scores and human/animal interactions, and tested thereafter in two main types of farms differing by their type of floor: either concrete, fully or partially slatted (C; n=42) or straw bedding (S; n=40)....
Willingness of Dutch broiler and pig farmers to convert to production systems with improved welfare
| Contributor(s):: Gocsik, E., Lans, I. A. van der, Lansink, A. G. J. M. O., Saatkamp, H. W.
The present study investigated 15 broiler and 13 fattening pig farmers' willingness-to-convert to alternative production systems with higher animal welfare standards compared to conventional production systems in The Netherlands, and explored the main barriers to the adoption of these alternative...