Poor rearing conditions and social stress in pigs: repeated social challenge and the effect on behavioural and physiological responses to stressors.

@article{Olsson1999PoorRC,
  title={Poor rearing conditions and social stress in pigs: repeated social challenge and the effect on behavioural and physiological responses to stressors.},
  author={Ivan Olsson and F H de Jonge and Teun Schuurman and F A Helmond},
  journal={Behavioural processes},
  year={1999},
  volume={46 3},
  pages={201-15}
}
Effects of rearing condition on behavioural and physiological reaction to social confrontations and to social and non-social stressors were studied in female pigs. The pigs were reared under either poor (the standard farrowing crate) or enriched (group of free-ranging sows with piglets) conditions. At the age of 14-17 weeks, the pigs were exposed to a series of social confrontations where an intruder was introduced into the home pen of a resident. The results show the presence of a clear… CONTINUE READING

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