Assessment of animal welfare through behavioural parameters in Iberian pigs in intensive and extensive conditions

  • Temple D
  • Manteca X
  • Velarde A
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Behaviour is a significant component of well-being and should be properly considered in a pig welfare assessment. However, interpretation of variations in behaviour is usually not straightforward, especially when dealing with animals housed and managed in a variety of systems. The fourth principle of the Welfare Quality®project, labelled " Appropriate behaviour" , was assessed on 21 farms (11 extensive and 10 intensive) with a total of 25,856 Iberian pigs (Sus scrofa). The methodology included scan samplings of social and exploratory behaviour, human-animal relationship tests and qualitative behaviour assessments (QBA). Changes in occurrence of behaviour and qualitative measures were evaluated and discussed when comparing Iberian pigs either in intensive or extensive rearing conditions. Negative as well as positive social behaviours were significantly (P

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  • Animal welfare
  • Behaviour assessment
  • Extensive
  • Housing systems
  • Iberian pig

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  • Déborah Temple

  • Xavier Manteca

  • Antonio Velarde

  • Antoni Dalmau

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