By A. Velarde; R. Geers

The target of this publication is to supply a scientifically-based define for a way to judge the welfare of pigs at a farm point. cognizance is targeted at the evaluation of the validation of the inferred signs and parameters, and the validity, reliability and the feasibility of the measuring tools. The publication contains quite often animal-based parameters, even supposing different environmentally-based and management-based parameters also are defined. those matters are elaborated by means of recognized specialists of their box of labor, i.e. primary and utilized study on all features concerning the construction of pigs. This special approach has added-value in comparison to different books simply because rules constructed in laboratory stipulations are mentioned the following when it comes to constraints skilled in box paintings. Readers from a number of disciplines will locate this serious research of the on-farm tracking of pig welfare valuable in terms of the advance of certification approaches, the overview of construction structures (farm, delivery, slaughter), the research and fixing of welfare similar difficulties and within the improvement of recent study initiatives

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Stereotypies and suffering. Behavioural Processes 25, 103-115. , 1993. Forms of stereotypic behaviour. B. and J. Rushen (editors), Stereotypic Animal Behaviour. Fundamentals and Applications to Welfare. Wallingford, CAB International, pp. 7-40. J. R. Latham, 2004. Can’t stop, won’t stop: is stereotypy a reliable animal welfare indicator? Anim. Welf. 13, S57-69. , 1978. Abnormal behvaiours (Round Table). Proc. 1st World Congress on Ethology Applied to Zootechnics, Madrid, Spain, pp. 475-479. , 1984.

Corning, 2001. The influence of sow behaviour on piglet mortality due to crushing in an open farrowing system. Anim. Sci. 72, 19-28. , A. Rodens and M. Buchholz, 1989. Investigations on lying down and standing up of not tied pigs and wild boars under special consideration of piglets on different floor types. ; 336, KTBL, Darmstadt, pp. 61-81 (in German). 32 On farm monitoring of pig welfare  3. Lying down and standing up behaviour Schmid, H. and H. Hirt, 1993a. Influence of domestication and housing conditions on the behaviour of lying down in sows.

Appl. Anim. Behav. Sci. 49, 247-256. On farm monitoring of pig welfare 39 5. , 1983; Mason 1991a, b). They can be induced by the environment or by pharmacological or surgical interference with the central nervous system, and are often considered “abnormal” as they seem to be restricted to captive or psychologically impaired individuals (Mason, 1993). The difference between stereotypies and other behaviour is not always clear (Mason, 1993). g. g. g. g. g. Bergeron and Gonyou, 1997). According to Horrell (2003) stonechewing may also be an oral stereotypy in outdoor pigs.

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