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- Mheen, H. van der, et al. Show all 4 Authors
- Journal of animal science 2007 v.85 no.2 pp. 420-429
- sows; pregnancy; swine housing; group housing; social dominance; birth weight; body weight; liveweight gain; animal behavior; piglets; aggression; backfat; thickness; saliva; cortisol; temporal variation; litter size; fetal death; gestation period; weaning weight
- ... Previous studies on group housing of pregnant sows have mainly focused on reproduction, but we hypothesized that the social rank of pregnant sows housed in groups could also affect birth weight, growth, and behavior of their offspring. Therefore, in the present study, pregnant gilts and sows were housed in 15 different groups (n = 7 to 14 animals per group) from 4 d after AI until 1 wk before the ...