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  1. Protocol for expert report on animal welfare in case of companion animal cruelty suspicion

    Contributor(s):: Hammerschmidt, J., Molento, C. F. M.

    Animal welfare expert reports may support court decisions when animal abuse or maltreatment is suspected. The objective of this work is to adapt animal welfare assessment protocols to identify companion animal abuse. The proposed protocol includes four indicator categories: nutritional, comfort,...

  2. Intersucking in dairy cattle - review and questionnaire. (Special Issue: Behaviour and welfare of cattle)

    Contributor(s):: Lidfors, L., Isberg, L.

    Intersucking is an abnormal behaviour in dairy heifers and cows, and it is defined by one animal sucking the teat of another animal with the intention of sucking milk. The aim of this paper is to review earlier studies on intersucking in dairy cattle and to present results from a questionnaire...

  3. Behavioural and adrenocortical responses of dairy cows toward novel food: effects of food deprivation, milking frequency and energy density in the daily ration

    Contributor(s):: Herskin, M. S., Munksgaard, L., Kristensen, A. M.

    Effects of metabolic load and 12 h of food deprivation on the behavioural and physiological responses toward novel food were examined in dairy cows provided with 4 kg of carrots as novel food and observed using video for the initial 10 min. In Experiment I, effects of 12 h of food deprivation...

  4. The effect of level of feeding on water turnover in growing pigs

    Contributor(s):: Yang, T. S., Price, M. A., Aherne, F. X.

    Water turnover was measured by tritium dilution in 3 groups of 8 growing pigs receiving different amounts of the same diet for 9 weeks. Control pigs (ration R1) were fed 47 g/kg bodyweight initially (about 10 weeks of age, 27.8 kg liveweight), gradually reducing to 34 g/kg at the end of the...

  5. Feeding pigs: divergence of behavioural and physiological requirements

    Contributor(s):: Lawrence, A. B., Appleby, M. C., Macleod, H. A.

    In experiments in which hunger in Large WhitexLandrace boars was measured by conditioning them to press a panel to receive 7-g rewards of food, it was concluded that restricting pigs to low food allowances results in a high level of hunger throughout the day. It is suggested that commercial food...