Most studies on pig behaviour and welfare have been carried out on pigs past the weaning age: sows, gilts and growing-finishing pigs. However, a growing body of evidence shows that young piglets also are substantially affected by their environment. In addition to effects on piglet behaviour and welfare at the time, the environment causes lifelong effects by modulating the development of behaviour, physiology and cognition (reviewed in Vanheukelom et al, 2012). In this chapter, the focus will be on the first weeks of a piglets’ life, from birth to early post-weaning. The term environment will refer to any influences affecting a piglet from outside: physical factors such as available materials and space, social factors such as the presence of the mother and siblings, as well as interactions between physical and social factors. The main aim of this chapter is to present an overview of the current knowledge on lifelong effects of the early environment. Immediate impacts on piglet behaviour and welfare will also be summarized, and some new questions for future research will be highlighted.
|Titel på värdpublikation
|Advances in Pig Welfare
|Publicerad - 2018
|A3 Del av bok eller annan forskningsbok
|Woodhead Publishing series in food science, technology and nutrition