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  1. Temperature-dependent consumption of drinking water in piglet rearing

    Contributor(s):: Hoeck, J., Buscher, W.

    This study focussed on examining the temperature-specific consumption of drinking water by piglets. To this end, a drinking trough system was developed to offer the animals water at three different temperatures (warm (+10°C then barn temperature), barn temperature (actual barn temperature) and...

  2. The effects of simulated transport on the behaviour of eastern blue tongued lizards ( Tiliqua scincoides)

    Contributor(s):: Mancera, K., Murray, P. J., Gao, Y. N., Lisle, A., Phillips, C. J. C.

    There is widespread transport of reptiles for the pet trade throughout the world and the 'dead on arrival' rates are high. The eastern blue tongued (EBT) lizard ( Tiliqua scincoides; Order: Squamata; suborder: Lacertilia) is particularly popular due to its unusual blue tongue. Noise, vibration...

  3. Influence of straw length, sow behaviour and room temperature on the incidence of dangerous situations for piglets in a loose farrowing system

    Contributor(s):: Burri, M., Wechsler, B., Gygax, L., Weber, R.

    Crushing of piglets can be a major problem in loose-housing farrowing systems. In this study, we investigated the influence of straw of different lengths provided as nest-building material, sow behaviour and room temperature on the incidence of dangerous situations for the piglets. Piglets were...

  4. Thermal behaviour of growing pigs in response to high temperature and humidity

    Contributor(s):: Huynh, T. T. T., Aarnink, A. J. A., Gerrits, W. J. J., Heetkamp, M. J. H., Canh, T. T., Spoolder, H. A. M., Kemp, B., Verstegen, M. W. A.

    The effects of high ambient temperatures and humidities on thermal behavioural adaptation and pen fouling of group-housed growing pigs were assessed. Twelve groups of 10 gilts of an average initial body weight (BW) of 61.7 kg were used. During nine experimental days, ambient temperatures were...

  5. Animal welfare and economic optimisation of farrowing systems. (Special Issue: Knowing animals.)

    Contributor(s):: Ahmadi, B. V., Stott, A. W., Baxter, E. M., Lawrence, A. B., Edwards, S. A.

    In many countries, including the UK, the majority of domestic sows are housed in farrowing crates during the farrowing and lactation periods. Such systems raise welfare problems due to the close confinement of the sow. Despite the fact that many alternative housing systems have been developed, no...

  6. Behaviour and thermogenesis of racing pigeons housed under transport conditions

    Contributor(s):: Gorssen, J., Koene, P.

    Behaviour and thermogenesis of homing pigeons (Columba livia) in crowded transport conditions were studied in 2 experiments. Both experiments were designed on a 2-way factorial basis and measurements and observations were taken from groups of 8 birds. In the first experiment, temperature (26...

  7. Stunning and killing of edible crabs ( Cancer pagurus )

    Contributor(s):: Roth, B., Oines, S.

    The stunning and killing efficiency of ice, superchilling (N2 gas), freezing (-37 degrees C), gradual heating (40 degrees C), boiling, piercing of ganglia, salt baths (NaCl and KCl), gas (CO2) and electricity (50 Hz AC) on edible crabs was studied. Results showed that electricity was the most...