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  1. Pigs with but not without access to pieces of recently harvested wood show reduced pen-mate manipulation after a provision of feed and straw

    Contributor(s):: Telkanranta, Helena, Valros, Anna

    In barren environments of commercial farms, pig often redirect their rooting and chewing behaviours at other pigs, which can lead to tail biting. When materials such as straw are provided, the quantity is usually too small to have an effect. The aim of this study was to test whether small...

  2. Does the location of enrichment material affect behavior and dirtiness in growing female pigs?

    Contributor(s):: Dalmau, Antoni, Areal, Bruno, Machado, Silvana, Pallisera, Joaquim, Velarde, Antonio

    The objective of this study was to investigate if female growing pigs spend similar amounts of time exploring a wooden stick as they do exploring enrichment material regardless of its proximity to the feeder. Forty-eight pigs aged 18 to 26 weeks allocated to 16 pens with three pigs per pen were...

  3. Enrichment use in finishing pigs and its relationship with damaging behaviours: Comparing three wood species and a rubber floor toy

    Contributor(s):: Chou, Jen-Yun, D’Eath, Rick B., Sandercock, Dale A., O’Driscoll, Keelin

    Environmental enrichment in pig housing is a legal requirement under current EU legislation, but some recommended loose materials may cause obstructions in fully-slatted systems. Wood is an organic material that could be compatible with slatted systems. This study investigated enrichment use in...

  4. Silvopastoral systems for sustainable animal production and the role of animal welfare

    Contributor(s):: Broom, D.

  5. Reliability and precision of pellet-group counts for estimating landscape-level deer density

    Contributor(s):: deCalesta, David S.

  6. All Creatures

    Contributor(s):: Mather, Christine

  7. Dog Gone It!

    Contributor(s):: Hammond, Andy

  8. It's Never Too Late To Give Away A Horse

    Contributor(s):: Liberty, David Michael

  9. The effects of chronic exposure to common bedding materials on the metabolic rate and overall health of male CD-1 mice

    Contributor(s):: Becker, C. E., Mathur, C. F., Rehnberg, B. G.

    Anecdotes and personal Web pages claim that cedar and pine beddings cause respiratory distress in rodents, although no previous research could be found to support these claims. There have, however, been published studies of respiratory distress in cedar and pine mill workers. That research links...

  10. Influence of prior exposure to wood shavings on feather pecking, dustbathing and foraging in adult laying hens

    Contributor(s):: Nicol, C. J., Lindberg, A. C., Phillips, A. J., Pope, S. J., Wilkins, L. J., Green, L. E.

    It has been proposed that chicks acquire substrate preferences during an early 'sensitive' period. If a suitable substrate is absent during this period birds may develop alternative preferences for pecking at feathers. The aim of this study was to examine whether early substrate exposure has...

  11. Dustbathing by broiler chickens: a comparison of preference for four different substrates

    Contributor(s):: Shields, S. J., Garner, J. P., Mench, J. A.

    Leg abnormalities leading to lameness in broiler chickens are a serious welfare problem. Previous work in our laboratory demonstrated that providing broiler chickens with the opportunity to exercise by performing more natural behaviors (such as perching, walking up and down inclines and...

  12. Why do pigs root and in what will they root? A review on the exploratory behaviour of pigs in relation to environmental enrichment

    Contributor(s):: Studnitz, M., Jensen, M. B., Pedersen, L. J.

    The intention of the new European legislation on rooting materials for pigs is to improve the welfare of pigs. The question is: which materials are suitable rooting materials for pigs? To answer this question the motivation for exploration in pigs is elucidated and the needs of the pigs in this...

  13. Comparison of daytime use between platform types, materials, ceilings and experiences in juvenile blue foxes ( Alopex lagopus )

    Contributor(s):: Korhonen, H., Ketoja, E., Niemela, P.

    264 juvenile blue foxes were housed in cages with side-U platforms or corner flat platforms made from wood or net with ceilings 23 or 30 cm above. The foxes were the offspring of females housed in cages without or with platforms. Platform type significantly affected the amount of time the foxes...

  14. Seasonal changes in platform use by farmed blue foxes ( Alopex lagopus )

    Contributor(s):: Korhonen, H., Niemela, P., Tuuri, H.

    Seasonal changes in platform use were investigated in farm-raised blue foxes (Alopex lagopus) by daytime scan sampling observations and 24-h video recordings. Seasonal comparisons were made in both sexes, but other experimental treatments were applied mainly to females. Platform use was minimal...

  15. The demand of laying hens for feathers and wood shavings

    Contributor(s):: Harlander-Matauschek, A., Baes, C., Bessei, W.

    Feather eating is related to feather pecking in laying hens. The aim of this study was to investigate the birds demand for feathers compared to their demand for food and litter as feather pecking has been described as redirected ground pecking/foraging. The maximum price in terms of the number of...

  16. The relative preferences for wood shavings or feathers in high and low feather pecking birds

    Contributor(s):: Harlander-Matauschek, A., Benda, I., Lavetti, C., Djukic, M., Bessei, W.

    High feather pecking birds (HFP) have been reported to be attracted by feathers of their pen mates while low feather pecking birds (LFP) direct most of their pecking activities towards litter. This raises the question if HFP birds show a preference for pecking at and/or ingestion of feathers over...

  17. Flooring preferences in dairy goats at moderate and low ambient temperature

    Contributor(s):: Boe, K. E., Andersen, I. L., Buisson, L., Simensen, E., Jeksrud, W. K.

    Compared to other species, thermoregulatory strategies and lower critical temperature is not well documented in goats. While cattle and sheep prefer soft floors with low thermal conductivity when the ambient temperature is low, such scientific data does presently not exist in goats. The aim of...

  18. Preferences of sheep for different types of pen flooring

    Contributor(s):: Faerevik, G., Andersen, I. L., Boe, K. E.

    In countries where the climate makes it practical with indoor housing during cold periods of the year and access to straw is limited, e.g. Iceland and Norway, housing of sheep on slats or expanded metal floors is common practice. However, European regulations for organic farming require that all...