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Promoting positive states: the effect of early human handling on play and exploratory behaviour in pigs

Zupan, Manja and Rehn, Therese and de Oliveira, Daiana and Keeling, Linda (2016). Promoting positive states: the effect of early human handling on play and exploratory behaviour in pigs. Animal. 10 :1 , 135-141
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Abstract

It is known that tactile stimulation (TS) during ontogeny modifies brain plasticity and enhances the motor and cognitive skills. Our hypothesis was that early handling including TS would increase play and exploratory behaviour in commercial pigs under standardized test conditions. Piglets from 13 litters were subjected to three handling treatments from 5 to 35 days of age: all the piglets were handled (H), none of the piglets were handled (NH) or half of the piglets in the litter were handled (50/50). At 42 days of age, the pigs' behaviour was observed in pairs in a novel pen with a toy' (tug rope). The main results were that more locomotor play was performed by pigs from litters where all or half of them had been handled, whereas social exploratory behaviour was more pronounced in pigs from litters where half of them had been handled. Although behaviour was affected by the interaction of treatment with sex or with weight category, we propose that the handling procedure does seem to have acted to increase locomotor skills and that handling half of the piglets in the litter may have triggered a series of socio-emotional interactions that were beneficial for the whole group.

Authors/Creators:Zupan, Manja and Rehn, Therese and de Oliveira, Daiana and Keeling, Linda
Title:Promoting positive states: the effect of early human handling on play and exploratory behaviour in pigs
Series/Journal:Animal (1751-732X)
Year of publishing :2016
Volume:10
Number:1
Page range:135-141
Number of Pages:7
Publisher:Cambridge University Press, The Animal Consortium
ISSN:1751-732X
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Accepted version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 402 Animal and Dairy Science > Animal and Dairy Science.
Agrovoc terms:swine, piglets, behaviour, play behaviour
Keywords:pigs, welfare, positive psychology, stressors, social behaviour
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-4913
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-4913
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1017/S1751731115001743
Web of Science (WoS)000367158200016
ID Code:15494
Faculty:VH - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
Department:(VH) > Dept. of Animal Environment and Health
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:05 Jun 2018 07:03
Metadata Last Modified:09 Sep 2020 14:17

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