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Providing additional objects to straw reduces piglets' redirected behaviour post-weaning but influences weight gain pre-weaning negatively

Lidfors, Lena and Hultman, Pernilla and Zupan, Manja (2020). Providing additional objects to straw reduces piglets' redirected behaviour post-weaning but influences weight gain pre-weaning negatively. Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section A - Animal Science. 69 , 239-248
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We investigated the post-weaning effect of providing additional objects (i.e. rope, ball, tyre) to commercial piglets given straw pre- and post-weaning on behaviour and average daily gain (ADG). Piglets from litters with objects (O,n = 20 in 5 litters) and controls (C,n = 20 in 5 litters) were observed from 24 h post-weaning and during six days. Piglets were weighed at birth, weaning and 11 days post-weaning. O-piglets performed less littermate manipulation (P < 0.05), exploring pen fixtures (P < 0.1) and lying (P < 0.1) but spent more time in the creep post-weaning than C-piglets (P < 0.1). Social or locomotor play was expressed similarly in both treatments. Day strongly influenced the behaviour of pigs post-weaning. O-piglets had significantly lower pre-weaning ADG than C-piglets (P < 0.05), but there was no significant difference in post-weaning ADG between the treatments. Providing objects to piglets around weaning may reduce some negative behaviours, but may affect weight gain negatively.

Authors/Creators:Lidfors, Lena and Hultman, Pernilla and Zupan, Manja
Title:Providing additional objects to straw reduces piglets' redirected behaviour post-weaning but influences weight gain pre-weaning negatively
Series Name/Journal:Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section A - Animal Science
Year of publishing :2020
Volume:69
Page range:239-248
Number of Pages:10
Publisher:TAYLOR & FRANCIS AS
ISSN:0906-4702
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 402 Animal and Dairy Science > Animal and Dairy Science.
Keywords:Pigs, enrichment, exploration, growth, play, social manipulation
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-106932
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-106932
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DOI10.1080/09064702.2020.1775286
Web of Science (WoS)000543660800001
ID Code:19827
Faculty:VH - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
Department:(VH) > Dept. of Animal Environment and Health
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:30 Dec 2020 06:04
Metadata Last Modified:15 Jan 2021 19:26

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