The effect of pre-weaning housing on the play and agonistic behaviour of domestic pigs
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The effect of the pre-weaning housing system (poor crate, enriched crate, and farrowing pen) on play behaviour of domestic pigs before weaning and agonistic behaviour after weaning and during the fattening period was investigated. Our results suggest that the enrichment of the pre-weaning environment through straw and enlarged space probably stimulate pre-weaning play behaviour and substantially reduces the tendency of pigs to behave aggressively during food competition later in life. However, aggression during post-weaning mixing of piglets does not seem to be affected by pre-weaning enrichment.
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