Behavior and peripheral amine concentrations in relation to ractopamine feeding, sex, and social rank of finishing pigs.

  title={Behavior and peripheral amine concentrations in relation to ractopamine feeding, sex, and social rank of finishing pigs.},
  author={Rosangela Poletto and Robert L. Meisel and Brian Thomas Richert and H. W. Cheng and Jeremy N. Marchant-Forde},
  journal={Journal of animal science},
  volume={88 3},
Aggression can impair productivity and well-being. The association between aggression in finishing pigs and the feed additive ractopamine (RAC), a beta-adrenoreceptor agonist, is unknown and warrants further investigation. Our goal was to examine behavioral activity, including aggression, in the home pen and concentrations of peripheral amines in barrows and gilts, taking into account diet (RAC) and social rank. Sixty-four finishing pigs, housed in pens of 4 by sex, were fed either a control… CONTINUE READING


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