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Record number 501156
Title Rat race to pigs without tail biting problems
Author(s) Ursinus, Nanda
Source Rat race to pigs without tail biting problems, Blog FareWellDock, Wageningen, The Netherlands, 2015-04-22, Nanda Ursinus, http://farewelldock.eu/rat-race-to-pigs-without-tail-biting/
Department(s) Adaptation Physiology
Publication type Media appearance
Publication year 2015
Keyword(s) enrichment - pigs - research - tail docking
Abstract

adpDamaging biting behaviours such as tail biting expressed by pigs is a huge problem in husbandry systems as it reflects and causes severe health and welfare problems, and economic losses. Many organisations world-wide focus on preventing and reducing these unwanted behaviours and so does Wageningen University and Research Centre, the Netherlands. During the Paris meeting of the Farewelldock-team (April 8 2015), a number of past, present and (possibly) future projects in which the Adaptation Physiology Group of Wageningen University is involved, were presented that incorporate the problem of tail biting in pigs. In this blog two of the projects will be introduced: 1. A PhD trajectory entitled ‘A tale too long for a tail too short: Identification of characteristics in pigs related to tail biting and other oral manipulations directed at conspecifics’; 2. A project based on the Dalfsen Declaration: ‘Curly tails, the Dutch approach’.

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