Jejunal morphology and blood metabolites in tail biting, victim and control pigs.

  title={Jejunal morphology and blood metabolites in tail biting, victim and control pigs.},
  author={P{\"a}lvi Palander and Mirja Heinonen and Ilkka Simpura and S. A. Edwards and Anna Valros},
  journal={Animal : an international journal of animal bioscience},
  volume={7 9},
Tail biting has several identified feeding-related risk factors. Tail biters are often said to be lighter and thinner than other pigs in the pen, possibly because of nutrition-related problems such as reduced feed intake or inability to use nutrients efficiently. This can lead to an increase in foraging behavior and tail biting. In this study, a total of 55 pigs of different ages were selected according to their tail-biting behavior (bouts/hour) and pen-feeding system to form eight experimental… CONTINUE READING
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