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The amount of straw for growing-finishing pigs considering the reduction of time spent in manipulative behavior

Bodin, Lina and Algers, Bo and Andersson, Mats and Olsson, Anne-Charlotte and Botermans, Jos (2015). The amount of straw for growing-finishing pigs considering the reduction of time spent in manipulative behavior. Symbiosis online journal of veterinary sciences. 1:1, 1-6
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Abstract

The behavior of rooting and digging is highly motivated in the pig. The motivation to perform this exploratory behavior is not reduced even after the dietary requirement has been fulfilled through feeding. The aim of this study was to identify the minimal amounts of straw needed to satisfy pig motivation for manipulation and reduce to a minimum the manipulating behavior of pigs directed toward pen mates. To determine the minimal amount of straw needed for conventional growing-finishing pigs, a study using 168 pigs provided with 7 different amounts of straw (20, 40, 60, 80, 100, 200 or 300 grams/ pig/ day) was performed. The straw was provided either once or four times per day. Behavior observations were made using focal animal sampling and continuous recording for one hour between 9 and 10 am and between 3 and 4 pm. The time spent by the pigs manipulating straw increased over 10% ranging up to 27% in all the pens receiving over 200g of straw per day compared to the range from 4-22% in pens receiving 20-100g of straw. Meanwhile, the time spent in redirected behavior decreased below 5% in all the pens receiving over 200g of straw per day. No significant differences were found when comparing pens provided with straw once or four times per day.

Authors/Creators:Bodin, Lina and Algers, Bo and Andersson, Mats and Olsson, Anne-Charlotte and Botermans, Jos
Title:The amount of straw for growing-finishing pigs considering the reduction of time spent in manipulative behavior
Series/Journal:Symbiosis online journal of veterinary sciences (2381-2907)
Year of publishing :2015
Volume:1
Number:1
Page range:1-6
Number of Pages:6
Publisher:Symbiosis
Associated Programs and Other Stakeholders:SLU/LTJ - Partnership Alnarp
ISSN:2381-2907
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:L Animal production > L01 Animal husbandry
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Agricultural Science
Agrovoc terms:animal welfare, piggeries
Keywords:pig welfare, growing-finishing pigs, straw, redirected behavior, manipulation
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-3553
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-3553
ID Code:13420
Faculty:LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
VH - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
Department:(LTJ, LTV) > Department of Biosystems and Technology (from 130101)
(VH) > Department of Biosystems and Technology (from 130101)

(VH) > Dept. of Animal Environment and Health
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Deposited On:07 Jul 2016 07:29
Metadata Last Modified:07 Jul 2016 07:29

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