Lifetime consequences of the early physical and social environment of piglets

Helena Telkanranta, Sandra A Edwards

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The first weeks of a piglet’s life affect its later behaviour and welfare in several ways. Normal development of the brain, behaviour and endocrine function is dependent on specific environmental inputs during early ontogeny, such as physical complexity and stable social bonds. Insufficient availability of such necessary modulators has long-term impacts on e.g. the development of stress regulation mechanisms, behavioural flexibility and social skills. Many abnormal behaviours with negative effects on welfare, such as tail biting and belly nosing, are partly caused by insufficient or detrimental environmental inputs in the early environment. Several of the causal pathways and interactions between these effects are already known, but future research is expected to still discover many more.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Pig Welfare
EditorsMarek Spinka
PublisherWoodhead Publishing Limited
ISBN (Electronic)9780081011195
ISBN (Print)9780081010129
Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2017

Publication series

NameHerd and Flock Welfare


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