Body condition, live weight and success in agonistic encounters in mixed parity groups of sows during gestation

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Norring , M , Valros , A E , Bergman , P S , Marchant-Forde , J & Heinonen , M L 2019 , ' Body condition, live weight and success in agonistic encounters in mixed parity groups of sows during gestation ' , Animal , vol. 13 , no. 2 , pp. 392-398 . https://doi.org/10.1017/S1751731118001453

Title: Body condition, live weight and success in agonistic encounters in mixed parity groups of sows during gestation
Author: Norring, Marianna; Valros, Anna Elisabet; Bergman, Paula Susanna; Marchant-Forde, Jeremy; Heinonen, Mari Leena
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Production Animal Medicine
University of Helsinki, Laura Hänninen / Principal Investigator
University of Helsinki, Production Animal Medicine
University of Helsinki, Mari Heinonen / Principal Investigator
Date: 2019-02
Language: eng
Number of pages: 7
Belongs to series: Animal
ISSN: 1751-7311
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/307522
Abstract: Group housing of gestating sows benefits their welfare by allowing them freedom of movement and the opportunity for social interaction. However, social life could also bring disadvantages for individuals who receive direct aggression or are displaced from the feeder. The aim of this study was to investigate associations between social behaviour, body condition and live weight. Gestating sows (n=298) were investigated on a commercial farm. Sows were housed in mixed parity groups where two single space, ad libitum trough feeders served 12 animals. Sows were weighed, body condition scored and had their back fat layer measured at mixing, 4 weeks after insemination and again before farrowing. Social status was estimated based on the numbers of won and lost agonistic interactions at mixing and at the end of gestation. In addition, tear staining was scored before the farrowing and reproductive performance data were collected. With the aid of video recordings, 100 to 150 interactions per group were observed. Winning percentage at mixing and at the end of gestation were associated (P
Subject: AGGRESSIVE-BEHAVIOR
FAT
FEEDING-BEHAVIOR
HOUSING SYSTEMS
PERFORMANCE
PIGS
PRIMIPAROUS SOWS
SOCIAL RANK
Sus scrofa
WELFARE
animal welfare
pig
social behaviour
tear staining
413 Veterinary science
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