WELFARE OF CONFINED SOWS
This volume contains the proceedings of a workshop within the CEC programme of coordination of research on animal pathology. The meeting was held in Rennes/France, May 26-27, 1983; it aimed at enabling research scientists to exchange information, discuss conceptual and methodological developments, and evaluate the significance of results presently available. Review papers and short communications were grouped around topics: confinement and its influence on productivity of sows; influence of confinement on physical health, and on behaviour and physiology of sows; and new approaches to the welfare of the confined sow. In this last topic, two different approaches were discussed: + the identification from ethological studies of pigs kept free outdoors of the minimum key stimuli to perform species specific behaviour and their incorporation into the sow's environment. + a delineation of the sow's welfare needs, based on the performance concept or similar reasoning, and aiming at translating each welfare element into quantifiable variables with defined boundaries of welfare acceptability. In all cumulative knowledge resulting from current research has been clearly identified, and the need for taking into account welfare as an element of its own has been given recognition. However, mechanisms are still out of reach in most cases, and conceptual and methodological developments are clearly needed.
Bibliographic Reference: ANN. VET. RES. (SPECIAL ISSUE), 309 P., 1984, ISSN 0003-4193 WRITE TO INRA-CNRA, ROUTE DE SAINT-CYR, 7800 VERSAILLES (FRANCE), PRICE FF. 120, (EUR 8676 EN).
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