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Record number 452521
Title Why social pigs do better
Author(s) Reimert, Inonge; Rodenburg, Bas; Ursinus, Nanda; Kemp, Bas; Bolhuis, Liesbeth
Source Why social pigs do better, Noldus.com, Wageningen, The Netherlands, 2014-01-28, Y. Kroes, http://info.noldus.com/bid/99510/Why-social-pigs-do-better
Department(s) WIAS
Behavioral Ecology
Adaptation Physiology
Publication type Media appearance
Publication year 2014
Abstract If you want to get on in life, is it better to make friends, or should you trample down the competition? Maybe we can learn something from animals… Take hens for example, we probably all know what a ‘pecking order’ is. As a hen, if you don’t peck back, you will definitely loose out. On the other hand, if you are a pig, being social will get you somewhere. In fact, studies show that social pigs are healthier and grow better, and having social pen mates also has these positive effects. Reimert et al. wanted to look at the behavior of social pigs more closely. In their recent study (published Applied Animal Behaviour Science), they used both video tracking and scoring of behavior to assess behavior in a combined novel location and novel object test.
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