Effect of environmental design on the growth and behaviour of weaned pigs

Blackshaw J.K. (1981) Effect of environmental design on the growth and behaviour of weaned pigs. Livestock Production Science, 8 4: 367-375. doi:10.1016/0301-6226(81)90055-5


Author Blackshaw J.K.
Title Effect of environmental design on the growth and behaviour of weaned pigs
Journal name Livestock Production Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0301-6226
Publication date 1981-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/0301-6226(81)90055-5
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 8
Issue 4
Start page 367
End page 375
Total pages 9
Subject 1103 Clinical Sciences
3400 Veterinary
Abstract Large White × Landrace pigs weaned at 24-29 days were placed in a structured environment planned as a 2 × 2 factoral design. The two variables were the presence or absence of a box (1.2 m × 0.92 m × 0.86 m) and the presence or absence of an extended floor which increased the solid area in the control pen from 60% of the total area to 80%. The box with no extended floor exceeded all other environments in stimulating the relative growth rates of the piglets. On removal of the temperature covariance the box still accounted for most of the variance in relative growth rate. Elements of the box (element 1, corner, back and side wall; element 2, corner, front and side wall; element 3, side wall only; element 4, back wall only) were tested for effect on relative growth rate and it was found that element 3, side wall only, promoted the most regular growth rates. The rates of agonistic behaviour over each 10 min were not significantly different for pigs in any of the tested environments.
Q-Index Code C1
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