Tail Docking of Piglets 1: Stress Response of Piglets to Tail Docking
Rebecca Morrison, Paul Hemsworth
Animals | MDPI | Published : 2020
This experiment assessed the efficacy of the cauterisation procedure with or without pain relief (injectable meloxicam) in mitigating the acute stress response to tail docking. Male piglets (n = 432) were allocated to the following treatments at 2-d post-farrowing: (1) no handling, (2) sham handling, (3) tail docked using clippers, (4) tail docked using a cauteriser, (5) meloxicam + clipper, and (6) meloxicam + cauteriser. Meloxicam treatments used Metacam® at 5 mg/mL injected i.m. 1 h prior to tail docking. Blood samples were collected at 15 and 30 min post-treatment and analysed for total plasma cortisol. Behaviours indicative of pain such as escape attempts, vocalisations and standing wit..View full abstract
Awarded by Australian Pork Limited
This research was funded by Australian Pork Limited (Project 2010-1018).