Journal article

The effects of handling on behavioural and physiological responses to housing in tether-stalls among pregnant pigs

V Pedersen, JL Barnett, PH Hemsworth, EA Newman, B Schirmer

ANIMAL WELFARE | UNIV FEDERATION ANIMAL WELFARE | Published : 1998

Abstract

Twenty-four primiparous pregnant pigs were randomly assigned to three handling treatments: Minimal, Positive and Negative. The pigs were moved individually to indoor concrete-floored partial stalls with neck-tethers, 2 days before handling commenced. Positive (stroking and patting on approach to an experimenter) and Negative (brief electric shock of <1s when failing to withdraw from the outstretched hand of an experimenter) handling was imposed for 3min day-1 and the amount of physical contact between handler and pig was recorded. The Minimal treatment group was subjected to routine husbandry practices only. After 3 weeks of the handling treatments and tether-housing, all pigs were catheteri..

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