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  1. Urinating in transponder-controlled feeding stations – Analysis of an undesirable behaviour in horses

    Contributor(s):: Ellerbrock, Chiara N., Zeitler-Feicht, Margit H., Cockburn, Marianne, Erhard, Michael H., Baumgartner, Miriam

  2. Changes in Management, Welfare, Emotional State, and Human-Related Docility in Stallions

    Contributor(s):: Popescu, Silvana, Lazar, Eva Andrea, Borda, Cristin, Blaga Petrean, Anamaria, Mitrănescu, Elena

    Despite an increase in awareness of their essential needs, many stallions continue to be kept in conditions limiting their social interactions and movement. To supplement the studies which highlight the effects of these practices on selected aspects of equine mental and physical wellbeing, we...

  3. Horses’ resting behaviour in shelters of varying size compared with single boxes

    Contributor(s):: Kjellberg, Linda, Sassner, Hanna, Yngvesson, Jenny

  4. Timing of part-time group housing for farm rabbits: Effects on reproductive performance, skin injuries and behaviour

    Contributor(s):: Van Damme, Liesbeth G. W., Delezie, Evelyne, Ampe, Bart, Tuyttens, Frank A. M.

  5. Sow behavior during introduction to a large dynamic group is influenced by familiarity and method

    Contributor(s):: Kranz, Victoria A., Horback, Kristina M., Parsons, Thomas D., Pierdon, Meghann K.

    Sows in an extensive setting maintain small, stable matrilineal social groups comprised of familiar, and often genetically related, conspecifics. Providing conditions in an intensive farm setting which allow similar social groups could reduce aggression by allowing familiar sows to benefit from...

  6. Proximity between horses in large groups in an open stable system – Analysis of spatial and temporal proximity definitions

    Contributor(s):: Hildebrandt, Frederik, Büttner, Kathrin, Salau, Jennifer, Krieter, Joachim, Czycholl, Irena

    The aim of this study was to determine the most suitable and practical definition of spatial and temporal proximities between grouped-housed horses by comparing GPS position data. In total, 43 horses held in a “HIT Active Stable®” were equipped with GPS loggers. Different...

  7. Prevalence and severity of tail lesions as a possible welfare indicator for rabbit does

    Contributor(s):: Bill, J., Rauterberg, S. L., Stracke, J., Kemper, N., Fels, M.

  8. Early social experiences do not affect first lactation production traits, longevity or locomotion reaction to group change in female dairy cattle

    Contributor(s):: Valníčková, Barbora, Šárová, Radka, Špinka, Marek

    Under natural conditions cows and their calves live together. In dairy practice, calves are separated from their mothers within hours after birth and then housed individually. This study investigated the effects of the presence of the dam during the colostrum feeding period and subsequent group...

  9. Different regrouping schedules in semi group-housed rabbit does: Effects on agonistic behaviour, stress and lesions

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    | Contributor(s):: Braconnier, Michèle, Gómez, Yamenah, Gebhardt-Henrich, Sabine G.

    Although group housing of naturally social animals like rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) is desirable for ethical reasons, social conflicts can significantly increase the risk for injuries as well as stress incidences and negatively affect their welfare. A common housing system in Switzerland is...

  10. 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...

  11. Parity Influences the Demeanor of Sows in Group Housing

    | Contributor(s):: Clarke, Taya, Pluske, John R., Miller, David W., Collins, Teresa, Fleming, Patricia A.

    Across the globe, producers are moving from individual housing to group housing for sows during gestation. Producers typically group sows of a range of parities together, although the impacts are largely unknown. This study examined the behavioral expression at mixing for young, midparity, and...

  12. Hierarchy formation in newly mixed, group housed sows and management strategies aimed at reducing its impact

    | Contributor(s):: Greenwood, Emma C., Plush, Kate J., van Wettere, William H. E. J., Hughes, Paul E.

    Aggression is at its highest when sows are first introduced to new animals and hierarchies are being established. Thus, methods to reduce aggression should focus on this period. The aggression that occurs during mixing results in physiological stress responses, which can have detrimental effects...

  13. The effect of pen design on free space utilization of sows group housed in gestation pens equipped with free access stalls

    | Contributor(s):: Rioja-Lang, Fiona C., Hayne, Stephanie M., Gonyou, Harold W.

    This study investigated the implementation of walk-in/lock-in stalls (free access stalls) for group housed sows. The objectives were to compare two different pen configurations (‘I-pen’ vs. ‘T-pen’) by determining the proportion and type (size/parity) of sows that used the free space areas, and...

  14. Effect of hiding places, straw and territory on aggression in group-housed rabbit does

    | Contributor(s):: Rommers, Jorine M., Reuvekamp, Berry J. F., Gunnink, Henk, de Jong, Ingrid C.

    Group-housing of rabbit does may be preferred from welfare point of view. However, group-housing causes agonistic behaviour which may cause severe injuries. Severe injuries may be prevented by offering hiding places for attacked does. Providing enrichment (straw) may reduce agonistic behaviour by...

  15. Dairy calves’ adaptation to group housing with automated feeders

    | Contributor(s):: Fujiwara, Mayumi, Rushen, Jeffrey, de Passillé, Anne Marie

    Group housing of dairy calves with automated milk feeders has likely welfare and labour saving advantages but delays in the calves adapting to the feeding system may reduce these advantages. We examined factors that influence calves’ adaptation to the feeders. In Exp. 1, 77 Holstein calves were...

  16. Bite marks in mink—Induced experimentally and as reflection of aggressive encounters between mink

    | Contributor(s):: Hansen, Steffen W., Møller, Steen H., Damgaard, Birthe M.

    For many years, bite marks have been used as an indicator for aggression in mink production systems. However, the validity of bite marks as indicator of aggression has recently been questioned. We therefore tested the following hypotheses: (1) experimentally applied pressure to, or penetration...

  17. Regrouping rabbit does in a familiar or novel pen: Effects on agonistic behaviour, injuries and core body temperature

    | Contributor(s):: Graf, Sylvia, Bigler, Lotti, Failing, Klaus, Würbel, Hanno, Buchwalder, Theres

    Regrouping female rabbits in group-housing systems is common management practice in rabbit breeding, which may, however, induce agonistic interactions resulting in social stress and severe injuries. Here we compared two methods of regrouping female rabbits with respect to their effects on...

  18. Getting around social status: Motivation and enrichment use of dominant and subordinate sows in a group setting

    | Contributor(s):: Elmore, Monica Renee Pittman, Garner, Joseph Paul, Johnson, Anna Kerr, Kirkden, Richard D., Richert, Brian Thomas, Pajor, Edmond Anthony

    Gestating sow motivation for enriched environments is unknown, but is essential knowledge for developing housing that addresses animal welfare concerns. This study investigated whether the motivation of gestating sows for access to an enriched group pen (containing a rubber mat, straw, compost,...

  19. Effects of repeated regrouping on horse behaviour and injuries

    | Contributor(s):: Christensen, Janne Winther, Søndergaard, Eva, Thodberg, Karen, Halekoh, Ulrich

    Domestic horses are faced with social challenges throughout their lives due to limitations in social contact, space restrictions and frequent changes in social companionship. This is in contrast to natural conditions where horses live in relatively stable harem bands. Currently, little is known...

  20. Effects of group stability on aggression, stress and injuries in breeding rabbits

    | Contributor(s):: Andrist, Claude A., Bigler, Lotti M., Würbel, Hanno, Roth, Beatrice A.

    On Swiss rabbit breeding farms, group-housed does are usually kept singly for 12 days around parturition to avoid pseudogravidity, double litters and deleterious fighting for nests. After this isolation phase there is usually an integration of new group members. Here we studied whether keeping...