Effects of early contact between non-littermate piglets and of the complexity of farrowing conditions on social behaviour and weight gain

@inproceedings{Kutzer2009EffectsOE,
  title={Effects of early contact between non-littermate piglets and of the complexity of farrowing conditions on social behaviour and weight gain},
  author={Tanja Miriam Kutzer and Beate Bünger and Joergen B Kjaer and Lars Schrader},
  year={2009}
}
In this study we tested if contact possibilities between non-littermate piglets and complexity of farrowing conditions affect the pre- and post-weaning behaviour, weight gain and skin lesions of piglets. Suckling sows were either kept in a group housing system (GH), in a single pen loose housing system (LH), or in conventional farrowing crates (FC). In the single pen systems a piglet door to the adjacent pen was opened on d 10 after farrowing in half of the pens so that piglets were able to… CONTINUE READING

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