Journal article

Positive human contact on the first day of life alters the piglet's behavioural response to humans and husbandry practices

Ramon Muns, Jean-Loup Rault, Paul Hemsworth

PHYSIOLOGY & BEHAVIOR | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

This experiment examined the effects of positive human contact at suckling on the first day of life on the behavioural and physiological responses of piglets to both humans and routine husbandry procedures. Forty litters from multiparous sows were randomly allocated to one of two treatments: Control (CC, minimal human interaction with day-old piglets) or Positive Contact (PC, human talking and caressing piglets during 6 suckling bouts on their first day of life, day 1). In each litter, 2 males and 2 females were randomly selected and their behavioural responses to tail docking (day 2), and to an experimenter (day 35) were studied. Escape behaviour at tail docking was assessed according to in..

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