Effects of weaning age on the behavioural and neuroendocrine development of piglets

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Adverse early life experiences can permanently ‘‘programme’’ increases in stress reactivity in adulthood. We investigated whether weaning, which involves maternal separation, at different ages, altered subsequent behaviour, physiology and neuroendocrine function in young pigs. The litters of twelve primiparous sows were randomly allocated to weaning at 12… (More)

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