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Title: Effects of dietary fibre and the provision of a foraging substrate on the welfare of sows in different grouping systems
Authors: Boyle, Laura
Lynch, P. Brendan
Stewart, Charlotte
O’Connell, Niamh E.
Keywords: Dietary fibre
Sows - welfare
Foraging substrate
Issue Date: Jan-2010
Publisher: Teagasc
Citation: Boyle, L.A., Lynch, P.B., Stewart, C., O’Connell. N.E., Effects of dietary fibre and the provision of a foraging substrate on the welfare of sows in different grouping systems, End of Project Report, Teagasc, 2010.
Series/Report no.: End of Project Reports;
Abstract: There are no clear guidelines on how best to meet the EU legislative requirement (Council Directive 2001/88/EC) that pregnant sows and gilts should be provided with sufficient amounts of bulky or high fibre diets and high energy food to satisfy hunger and the motivation to chew. Therefore the aim of this project was to investigate the effect of increasing dietary fibre levels and providing access to a foraging substrate on the welfare of sows housed in dynamic and static groups. To achieve this a review paper was compiled and three experiments were conducted. The aim of the review paper was to assess the effectiveness of increasing dietary fibre levels on the welfare of pregnant sows. Previous research found that increasing dietary fibre levels decrease activity levels and the performance of stereotypic behaviour, and increase resting behaviour. However, high fibre diets do not appear to reduce aggression between group-housed pregnant sows. The research clearly showed that the effectiveness of high fibre diets is influenced by the source of fibre, with soluble fibres being more effective in reducing stereotypic behaviours than insoluble fibres. However the optimum fibrous ingredient, or combination of ingredients, and the optimum dietary inclusion rate for these ingredients remains unclear.
Description: End of project report
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11019/1005
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AGRIP End of Project Reports

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