Behavioural, endocrine and immune responses to repeated social stress in pregnant gilts.

@article{Couret2009BehaviouralEA,
  title={Behavioural, endocrine and immune responses to repeated social stress in pregnant gilts.},
  author={David Couret and Winfried Otten and Birger Puppe and A. Grange Prunier and Elodie Merlot},
  journal={Animal : an international journal of animal bioscience},
  year={2009},
  volume={3 1},
  pages={
          118-27
        }
}
Pregnant sows are exposed to various stressors in intensive pig husbandry that may have negative consequences on their health, reproductive performances and welfare. Social stress is one of these challenges, because gestating sows have to be housed in groups according to EU guidelines (2001/88/CE). The purpose of this study was to determine the consequences of repeated social stress in pregnant female pigs on their behavioural, endocrine and immunological responses and on pregnancy outcome… CONTINUE READING

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