Incidence of Belly Nosing in Segregated Early Weaning Pigs
Segregated early weaning was implemented to decrease disease in swine operations. This led to a higher incidence of belly nosing and sucking in early weaned pigs as these behaviours increase as age decreases. Management factors such as line differences, pen enrichment and diet form were investigated to see what influences belly nosing in seven day old weaned piglets. Nosing and suckling behaviours in early weaned pigs were affected by line differences, with environmental treatments such as rubber nipples being more effective in specific lines.
Incidence of Belly Nosing in Segregated Early Weaning Pigs (full article)