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dc.contributor.authorPeden, Rachel
dc.contributor.authorAkaichi, Faical
dc.contributor.authorCamerlink, Irene
dc.contributor.authorBoyle, Laura
dc.contributor.authorTurner, Simon
dc.date.accessioned2020-07-31T10:43:37Z
dc.date.available2020-07-31T10:43:37Z
dc.date.issued2018-12-22
dc.identifier.citationPeden, R.S.E.; Akaichi, F.; Camerlink, I.; Boyle, L.A.; Turner, S.P. Factors Influencing Farmer Willingness to Reduce Aggression between Pigs. Animals 2019, 9, 6. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani9010006en_US
dc.identifier.issn2076-2615
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11019/2210
dc.descriptionpeer-revieweden_US
dc.description.abstractAggression between pigs remains an important animal welfare issue despite several solutions existing. Uptake of livestock welfare research relies on various stakeholders being willing to recommend or adopt changes to farm structure or management (e.g., veterinarians, researchers, farmers). This survey provides insight into the attitudes and practices of 122 UK and Irish pig farmers regarding aggression between growing pigs. Our aim was to understand why mitigation strategies are not adequately implemented. The majority of farmers mixed pigs at least once during production and had tried at least one mitigation strategy in the past. Farmers expressed limited willingness to implement strategies in the future, and a structural equation model revealed that this was directly influenced by their beliefs about the outcome of controlling aggression, and their perception of their ability to implement the necessary changes. Willingness was indirectly influenced by their perceptions of aggression as a problem and views of relevant stakeholder groups. Veterinarians had the greatest impact on farmer behavior. We recommend that researchers test research findings in practice, calculate cost-benefits of implementation, and transfer knowledge through various sources. This study showed that structural equation modeling is a valuable tool to understand farmer behavior regarding specific and entrenched animal welfare issues.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherMDPI AGen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesAnimals;9
dc.rightsAttribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/us/*
dc.subjectanimal welfareen_US
dc.subjectdecision-makingen_US
dc.subjectfarmersen_US
dc.subjectpigsen_US
dc.subjectstructural equation modelen_US
dc.titleFactors Influencing Farmer Willingness to Reduce Aggression between Pigsen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.3390/ani9010006
dc.contributor.sponsorScotland’s Rural College (SRUC)en_US
dc.source.volume9
dc.source.issue1
dc.source.beginpage6
refterms.dateFOA2020-07-31T10:43:38Z


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