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  1. Animal welfare and its assossiations with farm size and stockmanship characteristics on European breeding-to-finishing pig farms

    Contributor(s):: Ruckli, A. K., Dippel, S., Helmerichs, J., Hubbard, C., Munsterhjelm, C., Vermeer, H., Leeb, C.

  2. Refining restraint techniques for research pigs through habituation

    Contributor(s):: O'Malley, C. I., Hubley, R., Tambadou, H., Turner, P. V.

    Pigs are common research models and are strong animals that can be difficult to restrain. Improper restraint can put pigs and research personnel at risk for injury and induce stress, which can affect research outcomes. This study aimed to refine restraint techniques for research pigs using...

  3. Farmyard Animal or Best Friend? Exploring Predictors of Dog vs. Pig Pet Speciesism

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    | Contributor(s):: Sarah Gradidge, Magdalena Zawisza, Annelie J. Harvey, Daragh T. McDermott

    Despite dogs’ and pigs’ shared similarities, previous research indicates people favor dogs over pigs (known as “pet speciesism”). While pet speciesism has been empirically sup-ported, little is known about its predictors. This gap in the literature is problematic as...

  4. Surgical Castration Changes Struggle Behavior and Vocalizations in Male Piglets

    | Contributor(s):: Lou, Maria, Ventura, Beth, Deen, John, Li, Yuzhi

  5. The Five Domains model and promoting positive welfare in pigs

    | Contributor(s):: Kells, N. J.

  6. Genetic aspects for the behaviour of lactating sows towards humans

    | Contributor(s):: Kecman, J., Neu, J., Göres, N., Voß, B., Rosner, F., Kemper, N., Swalve, H. H.

  7. Tail posture as an early indicator of tail biting - a comparison of animal and pen level in weaner pigs

    | Contributor(s):: Drexl, Veronika, Dittrich, Imme, Haase, Anja, Klingelhöller, Helene, Diers, Sophie, Krieter, Joachim

  8. Cross-fostering alters the post-weaning pig behavioral stress response in a sex-specific manner

    | Contributor(s):: Byrd, Christopher J., Young, Jennifer M., Sommer, Dominique M.

    The purpose of the current study was to evaluate whether early postnatal stress due to cross-fostering alters the behavioral response to stress in weaned pigs. We hypothesized that piglets who were cross-fostered (FOS) into another existing litter would exhibit heightened behavioral indicators of...

  9. Smart Technologies Lead to Smart Answers? On the Claim of Smart Sensing Technologies to Tackle Animal Related Societal Concerns in Europe Over Current Pig Husbandry Systems

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    | Contributor(s):: Mona F. Giersberg, Franck L. B. Meijboom

    Current pig production systems in Europe are subject to public criticism. At the same time, Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) technologies, which allow for automated animal monitoring are entering commercial pig farms.With their claim of improving animal health and welfare, these innovations...

  10. Does weight matter? Exploring links between birth weight, growth and pig-directed manipulative behaviour in growing-finishing pigs

    | Contributor(s):: Valros, Anna, Sali, Virpi, Hälli, Outi, Saari, Sini, Heinonen, Mari

  11. The influence of satiety on the motivation of stall-housed gestating sows to exit their stall

    | Contributor(s):: Tokareva, Mariia, Brown, Jennifer A., Woodward, Alexa, Pajor, Edmond A., Seddon, Yolande M.

  12. Once bitten, twice shy: Aggressive and defeated pigs begin agonistic encounters with more negative emotions

    | Contributor(s):: Oldham, Lucy, Arnott, Gareth, Camerlink, Irene, Doeschl-Wilson, Andrea, Farish, Marianne, Wemelsfelder, Francoise, Turner, Simon P.

  13. Effects of two different early socialization models on social behavior and physiology of suckling piglets

    | Contributor(s):: Ji, Wenbo, Li, Xin, Zhang, Xiaohong, Liu, Runze, Shu, Yufu, Cheng, Zheng, Bi, Yanju, Liu, Honggui, Bao, Jun

  14. On-farm culling methods used for pigs

    | Contributor(s):: Dalla Costa, F. A., Gibson, T. J., Oliveira, S. E. O., Gregory, N. G., Faucitano, L., Dalla Costa, O. A.

  15. Humanely Ending the Life of Animals: Research Priorities to Identify Alternatives to Carbon Dioxide

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    | Contributor(s):: Aline R. Steiner, Shannon Axiak Flammer, Ngaio J. Beausoleil, Charlotte Berg, Regula Bettschart-Wolfensberger, Rebeca García Pinillos, Huw D.R. Golledge, Michael Marahrens, Robert Meyer, Tobias Schnitzer, Michael J. Toscano, Patricia V. Turner, Daniel M. Weary, Thomas C. Gent

    The use of carbon dioxide (CO2) for stunning and killing animals is considered to compromise welfare due to air hunger, anxiety, fear, and pain. Despite decades of research, no alternatives have so far been found that provide a safe and reliable way to induce unconsciousness in groups of...

  16. Can Tail and Ear Postures Be Suitable to Capture the Affective State of Growing Pigs?

    | Contributor(s):: Krugmann, K. L., Mieloch, F. J., Krieter, J., Czycholl, I.

  17. Cross-species transmission potential between wild pigs, livestock, poultry, wildlife, and humans: implications for disease risk management in North America

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    | Contributor(s):: Ryan S. Miller, Steven J. Sweeney, Chris Slootmaker, Daniel A. Grear, Paul A. Di Salvo, Deborah Kiser, Stephanie A. Shwif

    Cross-species disease transmission between wildlife, domestic animals and humans is an increasing threat to public and veterinary health. Wild pigs are increasingly a potential veterinary and public health threat. Here we investigate 84 pathogens and the host species most at risk for...

  18. Rooting for feed: Mixing corn pellets into rooting material tends to increase the presence of grower and finisher pigs in the rooting area but not its cleanliness

    | Contributor(s):: Knoll, Maximilian, Bokkers, Eddie A. M., Leeb, Christine, Wimmler, Cäcilia, Andersen, Heidi Mai-Lis, Thomsen, Rikke, Früh, Barbara, Holinger, Mirjam

  19. Effect of switching sows’ positions during lactation on suckling behaviour and performance of co-mingling piglets

    | Contributor(s):: Guzmán-Pino, Sergio A., Luna, Daniela, Salazar, Laura C., Poblete-Grez, Paulina, Figueroa, Jaime

  20. The Effect of a Novel Transport System on the Welfare and Meat Quality of Slaughter Pigs

    | Contributor(s):: Lemos Teixeira, Dayane, Lykke, Leif, Boyle, Laura