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Effects of Different Farrowing and Rearing Systems on Post-Weaning Stress in Piglets

dc.contributor.authorLange, Anita
dc.contributor.authorGentz, Maria
dc.contributor.authorHahne, Michael
dc.contributor.authorLambertz, Christian
dc.contributor.authorGauly, Matthias
dc.contributor.authorBurfeind, Onno
dc.contributor.authorTraulsen, Imke
dc.date.accessioned2020-07-29T12:52:20Z
dc.date.available2020-07-29T12:52:20Z
dc.date.issued2020de
dc.identifier.urihttp://resolver.sub.uni-goettingen.de/purl?gs-1/17471
dc.description.abstractThis study aimed to investigate how farrowing and rearing systems affect skin lesions, serum cortisol, and aggressive behavior as indicators for weaning stress of piglets. Between May 2016 and March 2018, in total 3144 weaning piglets from three different farrowing systems were examined: farrowing crates (FC), single-housing free-farrowing pens (FF), and group-housing of lactating sows and litters (GH). After weaning and regrouping, piglets were relocated to conventional rearing pens (conv; 5.7 m$^2$) or to wean-to-finish pens (w-f; 12.4 m$^2$). Skin lesions were scored 24 h after weaning. Blood samples were taken one week before and 24 h after weaning to analyze the individual difference in serum cortisol. Behavior was observed for 24 h after relocation. Animals raised in FC and FF had significantly more skin lesions than that of GH animals. Piglets born in GH showed lower cortisol differences and fought less and for shorter periods compared to FC and FF piglets. Piglets weaned to w-f pens showed greater cortisol changes and fought significantly longer than piglets in conv pens. Group housing during the suckling period reduced weaning stress for piglets in terms of skin lesions, serum cortisol, and aggressive behavior. Greater space allowance (w-f vs. conv) was not beneficial with regard to the investigated parameters.de
dc.description.sponsorshipOpen-Access-Publikationsfonds 2020
dc.language.isoengde
dc.rightsopenAccess
dc.rightsNamensnennung 4.0 International*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/*
dc.subjectlactation housing; skin lesions; serum cortisol; early socialization; regrouping; agonisticinteractionsde
dc.subject.ddc630
dc.titleEffects of Different Farrowing and Rearing Systems on Post-Weaning Stress in Pigletsde
dc.typejournalArticlede
dc.identifier.doi10.3390/agriculture10060230
dc.type.versionpublishedVersionde
dc.relation.eISSN2077-0472
dc.bibliographicCitation.volume10de
dc.bibliographicCitation.issue6de
dc.bibliographicCitation.firstPage1de
dc.bibliographicCitation.lastPage13de
dc.type.subtypejournalArticle
dc.bibliographicCitation.articlenumber230de
dc.description.statuspeerReviewedde
dc.bibliographicCitation.journalAgriculturede


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