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dc.contributor.authorChou, Jen-Yun
dc.contributor.authorDrique, Constance
dc.contributor.authorSandercock, Dale
dc.contributor.authorD’Eath, Rick
dc.contributor.authorO’Driscoll, Keelin
dc.date.accessioned2020-08-04T11:07:37Z
dc.date.available2020-08-04T11:07:37Z
dc.date.issued2019-04-02
dc.identifier.citationChou, J.-Y.; Drique, C.M.V.; Sandercock, D.A.; D’Eath, R.B.; O’Driscoll, K. Rearing Undocked Pigs on Fully Slatted Floors Using Multiple Types and Variations of Enrichment. Animals 2019, 9, 139. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani9040139en_US
dc.identifier.issn2076-2615
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11019/2224
dc.descriptionpeer-revieweden_US
dc.description.abstractIn fully slatted systems, tail biting is difficult to manage when pigs’ tails are not docked because loose enrichment material can obstruct slurry systems. This pilot study sought to determine: a) whether intact-tailed pigs can be reared with a manageable level of tail biting by using multiple slat-compatible enrichment; b) whether a variation of enrichment has an effect; and c) whether pigs show a preference in enrichment use. Ninety-six undocked pigs were given the same enrichment items from one week after birth until weaning. At weaning, four different combinations of 8 enrichment items were utilized based on predefined characteristics. These were randomly assigned to 8 pens (n = 12 pigs/pen). Four pens had the same combination (SAME) from assignment and four pens switched combinations every two weeks (SWITCH). Individual lesion scores, interactions with the enrichment, and harmful behaviours were recorded. The average tail score during the experiment was low (0.93 ± 0.02). Only one pig in a SAME pen had a severely bitten tail (partly amputated). The overall level of interaction with enrichment did not decline over time. Pigs interacted with a rack of loose material most frequently (p < 0.001). The study showed promising results for rearing undocked pigs on fully slatted floors using slat-compatible enrichment.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.subjectpigen_US
dc.subjectenvironmental enrichmenten_US
dc.subjectslatted systemen_US
dc.subjecttail bitingen_US
dc.titleRearing Undocked Pigs on Fully Slatted Floors Using Multiple Types and Variations of Enrichmenten_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.3390/ani9040139
dc.source.volume9
dc.source.issue4
dc.source.beginpage139
refterms.dateFOA2020-08-04T11:07:38Z


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