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  1. Perceptions among university students in Seville (Spain) of the rabbit as livestock and as a companion animal

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    | Contributor(s):: González-Redondo, P., Contreras-Chacón, G. M.

  2. Alternative housing systems for fattening bulls under Austrian conditions with special respect to rubberised slatted floors

    | Contributor(s):: Rouha-Muelleder, C., Absmanner, E., Kahrer, E., Zeiner, H., Scharl, T., Leisch, F., Stanek, C., Troxler, J.

  3. Behaviour and welfare of veal calves fed different amounts of solid feed supplemented to a milk replacer ration adjusted for similar growth

    | Contributor(s):: Webb, L. E., Bokkers, E. A. M., Engel, B., Gerrits, W. J. J., Berends, H., Reenen, C. G. van

    Veal calves in Europe are typically fed large quantities of milk replacer and small amounts of solid feed, a diet known to lead to the development of abnormal oral behaviours in these animals. These abnormal oral behaviours are thought to be an indication of frustration, chronic stress, and...

  4. The effect of housing system on the behaviour and growth parameters of fattening rabbits

    | Contributor(s):: Postollec, G., Boilletot, E., Maurice, R., Michel, V.

  5. Experience of moderate bedding affects behaviour of growing pigs

    | Contributor(s):: Munsterhjelm, C., Peltoniemi, O. A. T., Heinonen, M., Halli, O., Karhapaa, M., Valros, A.

    Effects of early substrate-enrichment on behaviour and productivity of pigs were evaluated in a trial with four siblings as the experimental unit. Pens either were (=E) or were not (=0) moderately bedded with wood shavings and chopped straw during suckling (0-4 weeks of age), nursery (5-9 weeks)...

  6. Reliability of an avoidance distance test for the assessment of animals' responsiveness to humans and a preliminary investigation of its association with farmers' attitudes on bull fattening farms

    | Contributor(s):: Windschnurer, I., Boivin, X., Waiblinger, S.

    In many farm animal species, the relationship to humans affects their welfare considerably. But until now, on-farm studies on fattening bulls have been limited. A feasible, reliable methodology for assessing responses of bulls to humans would be helpful for large scale surveys on this topic....

  7. Behaviour of two genotypes of growing-finishing pig in three different housing systems

    | Contributor(s):: Guy, J. H., Rowlinson, P., Chadwick, J. P., Ellis, M.

    This trial compared the behaviour of 720 growing-finishing pigs, progeny of either indoor (Large White x Landrace) or outdoor (part-Meishan or part-Duroc) sows mated to Large White boars, when housed in either outdoor paddocks, straw yards or fully-slatted pens. Space allowance per pig in outdoor...

  8. The behaviour of male fattening pigs following either surgical castration or vaccination with a GnRF vaccine

    | Contributor(s):: Baumgartner, J., Laister, S., Koller, M., Pfutzner, A., Grodzycki, M., Andrews, S., Schmoll, F.

    Vaccination of male fattening pigs with a gonadotropin releasing factor (GnRF) vaccine is regarded as a possible solution to solve the welfare problem associated with surgical castration, which causes pain and stress even when performed under local or general anaesthesia. The objective of the...

  9. The effects of immuno- and surgical-castration on the behaviour and consequently growth of group-housed, male finisher pigs

    | Contributor(s):: Cronin, G. M., Dunshea, F. R., Butler, K. L., McCauley, I., Barnett, J. L., Hemsworth, P. H.

    An experiment was conducted to compare behaviour, in particular social and feeding behaviour, and consequently growth performance of group-housed entire and castrated male pigs during the finisher stage of production. Three treatments: (1) entire males, (2) immuno-castrated males, treated with...

  10. The separate and interactive effects of handling and environmental enrichment on the behaviour and welfare of growing pigs

    | Contributor(s):: Day, J. E. L., Spoolder, H. A. M., Burfoot, A., Chamberlain, H. L., Edwards, S. A.

    The aim of this experiment was to determine the interactive effects of handling and environmental enrichment on the behaviour, performance and welfare of the growing/finishing pigs. Groups of pigs were exposed to one of eight treatments arranged in a 2 x 4 factorial design with two levels of...

  11. Comparison of pig behaviour when given a sequence of enrichment objects or a chain continuously

    | Contributor(s):: Perre, V. van de, Driessen, B., Thielen, J. van, Verbeke, G., Geers, R.

    Tail biting is a major problem in modern pig (Sus scrofa) production and results in a reduction of animal welfare and productive performance. Biting behaviour has been shown to be decreased by the use of enrichment objects. In this study, 108 pigs housed in a room with 12 pens were observed and a...

  12. The welfare of dairy buffalo.

    | Contributor(s):: Rosa, G. de, Grasso, F., Pacelli, C., Napolitano, F., Winckler, C.

    The present paper addresses the issue on buffalo welfare. Firstly, the biological characteristics and behavioural needs of buffalo are considered. Subsequently, the effects of intensive farming and some animal-related indicators, to be used for a monitoring scheme of buffalo welfare at farm...

  13. Effects of animal/feeding-place ratio on the behaviour and performance of fattening pigs fed via sensor-controlled liquid feeding

    | Contributor(s):: Rasmussen, D. K., Weber, R., Wechsler, B.

    Sensor feeding is a liquid feeding system for fattening pigs that is run with a restricted animal/feeding-place ratio (AFR). Feeding occurs at specific periods, so that the trough is left empty in-between. Therefore, it must be regarded as an ad libitum feeding system. The aim of the present...

  14. Effects of species-relevant environmental enrichment on the behaviour and productivity of finishing pigs

    | Contributor(s):: Weerd, H. A. van de, Docking, C. M., Day, J. E. L., Breuer, K., Edwards, S. A.

    Three different enrichment objects, which were designed according to pig-specific requirements, were provided to groups of growing pigs with undocked tails. The enrichment treatments were a substrate dispenser providing straw, a rootable feed dispenser providing flavoured feed and a liquid...

  15. Effects of the inclination of the lying area in cubicles on the behaviour and dirtiness of fattening bulls

    | Contributor(s):: Westerath, H. S., Meier, T., Gygax, L., Wechsler, B., Mayer, C.

    The aim of the study was to determine the optimal inclination of the lying area in cubicles for fattening bulls, taking into account the behaviour and dirtiness of the animals, as well as the dirtiness of the lying area. The inclination of the lying area was varied experimentally (3, 5, 8 and...

  16. Exploration as an indicator of good welfare in beef bulls: an attempt to develop a test for on-farm assessment

    | Contributor(s):: Westerath, H. S., Laister, S., Winckler, C., Knierim, U.

    Exploration appears to be carried out for its own purpose due to being self-rewarding. Furthermore, it increases environmental certainty with the effect of increased predictability and control of the environment. We, therefore, supposed that exploratory behaviour is associated with positive...

  17. Rabbit preference for cages and pens with or without mirrors

    | Contributor(s):: Zotte, A. D., Princz, Z., Matics, Z., Gerencser, Z., Metzger, S., Szendro, Z.

    Five-week-old Pannon White rabbits were housed in a closed climatized rabbitry and randomly assigned to either pens (56 rabbits) having a basic area of 1 m2 with a stocking density of 16 and 12 rabbits/m2 or to 18 individual cages (0.24 m2/cage). The pens and the cages were divided into two...

  18. Mixing at the beginning of fattening moderates social buffering in beef bulls

    | Contributor(s):: Mounier, L., Veissier, I., Andanson, S., Delval, E., Boissy, A.

    Cattle establish strong preferential associations early in their life that determine the cohesiveness within a group and can diminish fear responses (i.e. social buffering). Mixing beef bulls at the beginning of fattening may lead to less cohesiveness. Moreover, mixing beef bulls induces...

  19. Effects of space allowance on the behaviour and cleanliness of finishing bulls kept in pens with fully slatted rubber coated flooring

    | Contributor(s):: Gygax, L., Siegwart, R., Wechsler, B.

    To assess whether and how much indicators of animal welfare are influenced when space allowance is increased we studied the behaviour of finishing bulls in pens of 2.5, 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0 m2/animal with rubber coated slatted floors. A total of 56 finishing bulls were kept in eight groups which were...

  20. Feeding behaviour and diet selection of finishing Limousin bulls under intensive rearing system

    | Contributor(s):: Cozzi, G., Gottardo, F.

    Twenty Limousin finishing bulls (initial body weight=425.9+or-22.0 kg) were assigned to four balanced groups reared in separate pens with a space allowance of 3.6 m2 per head and a manger space of 95 cm per head. The finishing period lasted 138 days during which the animals received the same diet...