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  1. Access to chewable materials during lactation affects sow behaviour and interaction with piglets

    Contributor(s):: Swan, Kirsi-Marja, Telkänranta, Helena, Munsterhjelm, Camilla, Peltoniemi, Olli, Valros, Anna

  2. Inter- and intra-individual variability of feeding behaviour in group housed dairy goats

    Contributor(s):: Cellier, Marjorie, Duvaux-Ponter, Christine, Nielsen, Birte L.

  3. Strategic use of straw as environmental enrichment for prepartum sows in farrowing crates

    Contributor(s):: Aparecida Martins, Renata, Ribeiro Caldara, Fabiana, Crone, Carla, Markiy Odakura, Agnês, Bevilacqua, Augusto, Oliveira dos Santos Nieto, Viviane Maria, Aparecida Felix, Gisele, Pereira dos Santos, Alessandra, Sousa dos Santos, Luan, Garófallo Garcia, Rodrigo, de Castro Lippi, Isabella Cristina

  4. Relation between stockperson behavior toward cows in a holding area and milk yields

    Contributor(s):: Saito, H., Seo, T.

  5. The opening of a hinged farrowing crate improves lactating sows’ welfare

    Contributor(s):: Ceballos, Maria Camila, Góis, Karen Camille R., Parsons, Thomas D.

    Concerns about the welfare of lactating sows housed in farrowing crates have emerged because crates physically restrict the sows and possibly compromise their behavior and comfort. The aim of this study was to identify how the opening of a hinged farrowing crate on different days (4 or 7)...

  6. Lying patterns of high producing healthy dairy cows after calving in commercial herds as affected by age, environmental conditions and production

    Contributor(s):: Steensels, Machteld, Bahr, Claudia, Berckmans, Daniel, Halachmi, Ilan, Antler, Aharon, Maltz, Ephraim

    An animal expresses its physiological and well-being status by its behaviour. Changes in behaviour can be associated with health, production or well-being problems and therefore with the profitability of the farm. The objectives of the present study were to analyse lying patterns of healthy cows,...

  7. Breed differences in the expression of maternal care at parturition persist throughout the lactation period in sheep

    Contributor(s):: Pickup, Helena E., Dwyer, Cathy M.

    Maternal care plays an important role in the survival of offspring in mammals. In the ewe initial maternal care is expressed by nurturing the young and formation of an exclusive olfactory bond with the lamb. After the neonatal period, maternal care is associated with co-operation with sucking...

  8. Evaluating measures of exploratory behaviour in sows around farrowing and during lactation—A pilot study

    Contributor(s):: Valros, Anna, Pedersen, Lene Juul, Pöytäkangas, Merja, Jensen, Margit Bak

    There are very few studies on the need to perform exploratory behaviour of sows around farrowing and during lactation, except for during the nest-building period. Exploratory behaviour in pigs may reflect appetitive foraging motivated by hunger, or appetitive behaviour related to other...

  9. Reprint of “Rearing piglets in multi-litter group lactation systems: Effects on piglet aggression and injuries post-weaning”

    Contributor(s):: Verdon, Megan, Morrison, Rebecca S., Hemsworth, Paul H.

    This experiment investigated the effects of rearing piglets in a multi-litter lactation system on piglet aggression at weaning. The following four pre-weaning treatments were applied to 72 sows and their litters (n=642 piglets); (1) Farrowing crate (‘FC’ − n=24 sows), (2) PigSAFE pens, in which...

  10. Preliminary evaluation on the effectiveness of varying doses of supplemental tryptophan as a calmative in horses

    Contributor(s):: Davis, Brittany P., Engle, Terry E., Ransom, Jason I., Grandin, Temple

    Tryptophan (Trp), the amino acid precursor to serotonin, is a common ingredient in many commercial equine calming supplements. However, there is little scientific research to support the efficacy of tryptophan at modifying horse behavior. The objective of this study was to examine how various...

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

    Contributor(s):: Hales, J., Moustsen, V. A., Nielsen, M. B. F., Hansen, C. F.

    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...

  12. Rearing piglets in multi-litter group lactation systems: Effects on piglet aggression and injuries post-weaning

    Contributor(s):: Verdon, Megan, Morrison, Rebecca S., Hemsworth, Paul H.

    This experiment investigated the effects of rearing piglets in a multi-litter lactation system on piglet aggression at weaning. The following four pre-weaning treatments were applied to 72 sows and their litters (n=642 piglets); (1) Farrowing crate (‘FC’ − n=24 sows), (2) PigSAFE pens, in which...

  13. Effects of group housing system, pen floor type, and lactation management on performance and behaviour in rabbit does

    Contributor(s):: Zomeño, Cristina, Birolo, Marco, Gratta, Francesco, Zuffellato, Andrea, Xiccato, Gerolamo, Trocino, Angela

    This work aimed at evaluating the effects of housing system, pen floor type, and lactation management on rabbit doe and kit performance throughout a reproductive cycle, including categorization of aggressiveness and injuries. Forty multiparous pregnant does were assigned to six experimental...

  14. Influence of low pasture allowance during pregnancy on the attachment between ewes and their lambs at birth and during lactation

    Contributor(s):: Freitas-de-Melo, Aline, Terrazas, Angélica, Ungerfeld, Rodolfo, Hötzel, Maria José, Orihuela, Agustín, Pérez-Clariget, Raquel

    Nutrient restriction during pregnancy may negatively affect ewe-lamb attachment at birth. We hypothesised that the difference in the attachment at birth could persist during lactation and, consequently, the emotional response of lambs to a short-term maternal separation test during late...

  15. Relationship between the stockperson's attitudes and dairy productivity in Japan

    Contributor(s):: Packer, R. M., Ortega, M., Anderson, T. J., Fukasawa, M., Kawahata, M., Higashiyama, Y., Komatsu, T.

  16. Behaviour, wounds, weight loss and adrenal weight of rabbit does as affected by semi-group housing

    Contributor(s):: Buijs, S., Maertens, L., Hermans, K., Vangeyte, J., Tuyttens, F. A. M.

    Group housing is often assumed to improve the welfare of gregarious species. Whether this is actually the case depends on the advantages (e.g. more opportunity for social and locomotor behaviour) and disadvantages (e.g. increased fighting and wounding) induced by the specific housing type. We...

  17. Achieving optimum performance in a loose-housed farrowing system for sows: the effects of space and temperature

    Contributor(s):: Baxter, E. M., Adeleye, O. O., Jack, M. C., Farish, M., Ison, S. H., Edwards, S. A.

    Piglet survival relies on interactive influences of the sow, her piglets and their environment. There are a number of design challenges in a loose-housed farrowing and lactation system to optimise this dynamic, including achieving farrowing in the desired location (i.e. a protected nest area) and...

  18. Long-term familiarity creates preferred social partners in dairy cows

    Contributor(s):: Gutmann, A. K., Spinka, M., Winckler, C.

    Group is an essential resource for gregarious animals. Dairy cows are however frequently (re-)grouped according to productivity and reproductive state leading to an unstable social environment for the animals. The present study aimed at investigating whether cows maintain social relationships in...

  19. Effect of different management techniques to enhance colostrum intake on piglets' growth and mortality

    Contributor(s):: Muns, R., Manteca, X., Gasa, J.

    An experiment was conducted to study the effect four different management techniques to enhance colostrum intake had on piglet and litter performance. Treatments were performed on piglets born weighing 1.30 kg or less (SP) within 6 h of birth: control group (CON); split-nursing of the litter for...

  20. The reliability of welfare assessment according to the WelFur-protocol in the nursing period of mink (Neovison vison) is challenged by increasing welfare problems prior to weaning

    Contributor(s):: Henriksen, B. I. F., Moller, S. H.

    The objective of this study was to test the hypothesis that the body condition of the mink dam, the frequency of dirty nests, frequency of injuries and diarrhoea change significantly with the day of assessment, post-partum, within the data collection period from parturition to weaning,...