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#1J. M. Mumm (Iowa State University)
#2Julia A. Calderón Díaz (Teagasc)H-Index: 6
Last. Kenneth J. Stalder (Iowa State University)H-Index: 27
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Abstract This study aimed to identify possible differences in the lying and standing sequence between lame and non-lame gestating sows. A total of 85 stall-housed sows (average parity 0.9 ± 1.14; range 0-4) were scored for walking lameness on a 3-point scale (1 = normal to 3=severely lame) while moving to a separate gestation stall for recording of one lying-standing event on days 30, 60 and 90 of gestation. A video camera was positioned on the adjacent stall so sows’ profiles were visible. Obse...
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Abstract A major problem in conventional pig production systems is the occurrence of abnormal behaviours such as tail biting. Tail biting is a multifactorial problem, but it seems that a lack of proper enrichment materials prevents the animals from performing normal species-specific behaviour, e.g., rooting, nosing or chewing, and thus increases the prevalence of tail biting. The aim of this study was to identify plant-based enrichment material and nutritive additives that are attractive to pigs...
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#1Sébastien Alfonso ('IFREMER': IFREMER)H-Index: 2
#2Bastien Sadoul ('IFREMER': IFREMER)H-Index: 1
Last. Marie-Laure Bégout ('IFREMER': IFREMER)H-Index: 20
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Abstract In aquaculture, fish are exposed to unavoidable stressors that can be detrimental for their health and welfare. However, welfare in farmed fish can be difficult to assess, and, so far, no standardized test has been universally accepted as a welfare indicator. This work contributes to the establishment of behavioural welfare indicators in a marine teleost in response to different water quality acute stressors. Groups of ten fish were exposed to high Total Ammonia Nitrogen concentration (...
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#1Elise Shepley (McGill University)H-Index: 2
#2Joop LensinkH-Index: 2
Last. E. Vasseur (McGill University)H-Index: 11
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Abstract Dairy housing systems can have major implications on how freely cows move within their environment and how fully they can express their behavioral repertoire, impacting overall welfare. To ensure housing systems are meeting the needs of the dairy cow, more information is needed on the best method of loose-housing for dairy cows. The objectives of this study were to 1) determine whether cows express different locomotor activity, lying behaviors, and time budgets when housed in two differ...
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#1Naila Fukimoto (USP: University of São Paulo)
#2Diogo Melo (USP: University of São Paulo)
Last. Olívia Mendonça-Furtado (USP: University of São Paulo)H-Index: 4
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Abstract Personality is defined by characteristics of individuals that describe and account for temporally stable patterns of affection, cognition and behaviour traits. The study of cat behaviour and personality can minimize potential problems in the relationship between cats and their tutors and decrease abandonment or maltreatment. People generally adopt animals according to the individual’s appearance, age or sex. Personality assessments can help make adoptions successful by identifying ideal...
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#1Guillermo Bardera (University of the West of Scotland)H-Index: 1
#2Matthew A. G. OwenH-Index: 4
Last. Mhairi E. Alexander (University of the West of Scotland)H-Index: 16
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Abstract The Pacific white shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei) is the most cultivated species in crustacean aquaculture and a potentially important consideration for its production could be the use of monosex cultures. Generally, female penaeid shrimp are larger than males due to a greater gain in mass per moult cycle, resulting in a clear size dimorphism in adults. It is unknown whether this dimorphism is driven by differences in feeding behaviours between male and female L. vannamei, which may be im...
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Abstract Domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) are skilled at reading and correctly responding to human communicative gestures to locate hidden food. Whether they, like chimpanzees, will understand requests for help in retrieving a fallen object, is not known. The aim of this study was to examine whether dogs show spontaneous helping behaviour towards a human experimenter that tries to obtain an object that is out of reach. The object at stake either “accidentally” fell on the floor, or was thrown on...
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