Indian Journal of Animal Research

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Indian Journal of Animal Research, volume 52 issue 5 (may 2018) : 768-773

Effects of former acquaintance on aggression, lesion and growth performance in weaned piglets after mixing

Hongyuan Mei, Ling Gan
1<p>Department of Veterinary Medicine, Rongchang Campus,&nbsp;Southwest University, 402460 Chongqing, P.R. China</p>
Cite article:- Mei Hongyuan, Gan Ling (2017). Effects of former acquaintance on aggression, lesion and growth performance in weaned piglets after mixing . Indian Journal of Animal Research. 52(5): 768-773. doi: 10.18805/ijar.v0iOF.9118.

Excessive aggression between weaned piglets after mixing is a welfare and production issue resulting in stress, injuries and economic losses. The aim of this study is to determine the effect of former acquaintance (FA) on aggression, lesion and growth performance in weaned, mixed piglets. The results showed that the FA group significantly reduced the number of fights, time spent fighting, number of bullying events, lesions, the average injury scores of the front site and middle site of weaned piglets after mixing. A significant interaction was found between the effects of sex and treatment on the number of fights won and bullying events, between the effects of days post-weaning and treatment on the lesion scores as well as between the effect of the lesion sites and treatments on the lesion score for all three days after mixing. The results suggested a potential welfare advantage to allow litters to have some acquaintance before weaning.

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