Straw or hay as environmental improvement and its effect on behaviour and production traits of fattening pigs

Dusanka Jordan, Silvester Zgur, Gregor Gorjanc, Ivan Stuhec

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Abstract

Fattening pigs are commonly kept in intensive housing systems with slatted floor which represent a very barren environment, causing poor animal welfare. To improve Such Conditions a small amount of straw or hay (100 g per animal per day laid daily in a rack) was used in our Study as an environmental enrichment (EE). Two replications, each including 96 fattening pigs of both sexes (3 pens of 16 females and 3 pens of 16 male castrates) from 60 kg to slaughter at average 96 kg live weight, were used to test the effect of EE and sex on behaviour, growth rate, and carcass composition. EE significantly increased the proportion of total activity during the illumination period (between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m.) on account of increased Occupation with substrate (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)549-559
Number of pages11
JournalArchives Animal Breeding
Volume51
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Keywords

  • pig
  • behaviour
  • housing
  • animal welfare
  • fattening and carcass traits
  • GROWING PIGS
  • MEAT QUALITY
  • WEANED PIGS
  • AGGRESSIVE-BEHAVIOR
  • ANIMAL HUSBANDRY
  • HOUSING SYSTEMS
  • ENRICHMENT
  • WELFARE
  • PERFORMANCE
  • PROVISION

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