Behavioral preference for different enrichment objects in a commercial sow herd

@inproceedings{Horback2016BehavioralPF,
  title={Behavioral preference for different enrichment objects in a commercial sow herd},
  author={Kristina Marie Horback and Meghann K. Pierdon and Thomas D. Parsons},
  year={2016}
}
Abstract Increased public concern about farm animal welfare is driving both legislative initiatives and market forces to change how sows are housed and managed. This study investigated the use and preference for enrichment items at a 5600 sows commercial sow farm in eastern USA. Gestating sows were housed in static, pre-implantation groups of approximately 75 sows per pen and fed via a single electronic sow feeding station. Each pen contained one of three enrichment objects (OBJ): hanging rope… CONTINUE READING
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