Does group size have an impact on welfare indicators in fattening pigs?

@article{MeyerHamme2016DoesGS,
  title={Does group size have an impact on welfare indicators in fattening pigs?},
  author={S E K Meyer-Hamme and Christian Lambertz and Matthias Gauly},
  journal={Animal : an international journal of animal bioscience},
  year={2016},
  volume={10 1},
  pages={142-9}
}
Production systems for fattening pigs have been characterized over the last 2 decades by rising farm sizes coupled with increasing group sizes. These developments resulted in a serious public discussion regarding animal welfare and health in these intensive production systems. Even though large farm and group sizes came under severe criticism, it is still unknown whether these factors indeed negatively affect animal welfare. Therefore, the aim of this study was to assess the effect of group… CONTINUE READING
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