Tail biting is probably the most serious behaviour problem in pigs, causing both economic losses and pig welfare concerns. A common way to reduce the damage caused by tail biting is to dock the pigs’ tails. Tail docking is painful, and does not fully eradicate tail biting. Also, as tail biting is thought to mainly be due to stress caused by inadequate housing and management of the pigs, tail docking only reduces the symptom, not the cause of the problem. The focus should instead be on reducing the numerous risk factors behind tail biting. Tail biting occurs in different forms and is influenced by a wide range of risk factors. The risk factors, as well as their importance, vary from farm to farm. Examples from countries where tail docking has been totally banned indicate that it is possible to rear long-tailed pigs in intensive conditions.
|Otsikko|| Advances in Pig Welfare|
|ISBN (painettu)||978-0-08-101012-9 |
|ISBN (elektroninen)||978-0-08-101119-5 |
|Tila||Julkaistu - 2018|
|OKM-julkaisutyyppi||A3 Kirjan tai muun kokoomateoksen osa|
|Nimi||Advances in Farm Animal Welfare|
|Kustantaja||Elsevier / Woodhead publishing|