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  1. 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...

  2. Aggregating animal welfare indicators: can it be done in a transparent and ethically robust way?

    | Contributor(s):: Sandoe, P., Corr, S. A., Lund, T. B., Forkman, B.

  3. Farm membership of voluntary welfare schemes results in better compliance with animal welfare legislation in Great Britain

    | Contributor(s):: Clark, C. C. A., Crump, R., KilBride, A. L., Green, L. E.

  4. Aromatic Profile, Physicochemical and Sensory Traits of Dry-Fermented Sausages Produced without Nitrites Using Pork from Krškopolje Pig Reared in Organic and Conventional Husbandry

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    | Contributor(s):: Martin Škrlep, Marjeta Cˇ andek-Potokar, Nina Batorek-Lukac, Urška Tomažin, Mónica Flores

    Dry-fermented sausages were produced in a traditional way, without addition of nitrites and starter cultures, from meat of an autochthonous breed (Krškopolje pig) raised either in a conventional indoor or organic husbandry system. Physicochemical and sensory analyses were performed at...

  5. Efecto de algunos factores genético-ambientales sobre el tamaño de camada al nacimiento en cerdos. I. Tamaño de la Camada Nacidos Vivos (TCNV)

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    | Contributor(s):: Romina Pía Aguirre Brockway

    Chile, según información reciente de USDA, se encuentra en el sexto lugar de los principales exportadores de carne porcina del mundo. Para responder a esta demanda, los productores de cerdos se han preocupado de mejorar sus índices productivos, entre los que se encuentra el...

  6. Independent Study 490A: Positive Reinforcement Training Piglets to Stand in a Container and Follow a Human

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    | Contributor(s):: Adrianne R. Kaiser, Anna K. Johnson, Jason W. Ross, Joshua T. Selsby, Kenneth J. Stalder

    The Department of Animal Science within the biomedical research area is using the pig as a model for Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy. Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the leading, fatal, X-linked disease, affecting 1:3,500 male births worldwide. Two tests require the pigs afflicted with...

  7. Pig Age and Approachability Behavior to a Human Observer

    | Contributor(s):: Shawna Weimar, Anna K. Johnson, Kenneth J. Stalder, Locke A. Karriker, Thomas Fangman

    The objective of this experiment was to determine if nursery pig age affected how many pigs touched and orientated to a human, or were classified as not-orientated during a human-animal interaction test using live human observation and digital image collection methodology. A complete randomized...

  8. An assessment of community understanding of the Human Animal Conservancy Self-Insurance Scheme and the impact of human-wildlife conflicts : a case study from the Kwandu conservancy, north-east Namibia.

    | Contributor(s):: Marthin Kaukaha Kasaona

    The research problem of this mini-dissertation involves the conflicts between human and wildlife populations and the trialing of ‘compensation’ payouts that are emerging as a critical test within the conservancy. Crop raiders such as elephants, buffaloes, hippopotamus, bush pigs and...

  9. Exploration Feeding and Higher Space Allocation Improve Welfare of Growing-Finishing Pigs

    | Contributor(s):: Herman M Vermeer, Nienke CPMM Dirx-Kuijken, Marc BM Bracke

    Lack of environmental enrichment and high stocking densities in growing-finishing pigs can lead to adverse social behaviors directed to pen mates, resulting in skin lesions, lameness, and tail biting. The objective of the study was to improve animal welfare and prevent biting behavior in an...

  10. Heartland Farm Sanctuary

    Heartland Farm Sanctuary, which opened in 2010, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping homeless farm animals in Wisconsin, and building connections between animals and vulnerable youth. We created Heartland to provide a safe, peaceful environment where youth and farm animals...

  11. Texas 4-H Swine Project Guide

    | Contributor(s):: Jodi Sterle

    This guide for 4-H members explains how to select a good animal, build proper facilities, manage an animal's feeding and nutritional requirements, and take care of health concerns. There is also information on training and showing a pig.

  12. The Welfare of pigs during Transport and Slaughter

    | Contributor(s):: Temple Grandin

    To maintain a high standard of animal welfare during the transportation and slaughter of pigs requires both the proper equipment and supervision of employees. The use of numerical scoring of handling and stunning can help maintain high standards because it will enable management to determine...

  13. Pig: a scholarly view

    | Contributor(s):: Donna Lee Brien, Adele Wessell

    In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, the pigs infamously changed the law to read: “some animals are more equal than others” (108). From Charlotte’s Web to Babe, there are a plethora of contemporary cultural references, as well as expressions of their intelligence and worth,...

  14. Pigs in the Backyard or the Barnyard: Removing Zoning Impediments to Urban Agriculture

    | Contributor(s):: Kate A. Voigt

    Urban agriculture is on the rise in cities across the United States, due in part to consumers' increased interest in buying local and sustainably-produced foods. Many municipalities have recognized the benefits that urban agriculture can bring to their residents, including economically...

  15. Undergraduate education and attitudes towards swine welfare

    | Contributor(s):: Maureen K. Petersen, Cornelia Flora (adviser)

    How does training in animal science impact college student attitudes toward swine welfare? I devised an on-line survey of first year and senior students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to determine if year in school, major, and farm background was related to concerns about swine...

  16. Animal-human interaction comparing live human observation and digital image evaluation methodologies

    | Contributor(s):: Shawna Leigh Weimer, Anna Johnson (adviser)

    The expectation from retailers and the public for food animal producers to continually evaluate and improve on-farm animal welfare practices will continue. The U.S. swine industry has the Pork Quality Plus education and assessment program and starting in 2011 began on-farm third party...

  17. Bulletin No. 302 - Nutritional inadequacy of beet molasses rations for swine

    The feeding of large amounts of beet molasses to young hogs causes a condition that is characterized by a wobbly gait, and that is frequently fatal. Hog raisers have apparently recognized this condition for a number of years, since a number of farmers have reported it in their animals. Some...

  18. The effect of selection for intramuscular fat on fatty acid composition in Duroc pigs

    | Contributor(s):: Jeremy L. Burkett, Tom J. Baas (adviser)

    Intensive selection for increased has caused consumer acceptance issues to arise, as a result of decreased meat quality, in the U. S. swine industry. Quality characteristics that play an integral role in consumer acceptance, such as intramuscular fat (IMF), have decreased as breeders have...

  19. The process of building a new governmental authority based on public demands for improved animal welfare

    | Contributor(s):: Berg, C., Hammarstrcem, M.

  20. Assessment of acute pain experienced by piglets from ear tagging, ear notching and intraperitoneal injectable transponders

    | Contributor(s):: Leslie, E., Hernandez-Jover, M., Newman, R., Holyoake, P.

    Suckling piglets are routinely identified to assist with their day-to-day management. A total of 120 suckling piglets were used to determine and compare the short-term pain responses to a number of identification methodologies, including: ear notching, ear tagging and intraperitoneal injection...