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On Farm Monitoring of Pig Welfare

  • On Farm Monitoring of Pig Welfare

On Farm Monitoring of Pig Welfare

Edited by: A. Velarde and R. Geers

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Author(s): Edited by: A. Velarde and R. Geers

About The Book

The objective of this book is to provide a scientificly-based outline for how to evaluate the welfare of pigs at a farm level. Attention is focused on the assessment of the validation of the inferred indicators and parameters, and the validity, reliability and the feasibility of the measuring methods.

The book includes mainly animal-based paramenters, although other environmentally-based and management-based parameters are also described. These issues are elaborated by well-known experts in their field of work, i.e. fundamental and applied research on all aspects related to the production of pigs. This unique approach has added-value compared to other books because ideas developed in laboratory conditions are discussed here in relation to constraints experienced in field work.

Readers from various disciplines will find this critical analysis of the on-farm monitoring of pig welfare useful in relation to the development of certification procedures, the evaluation of production systems (farm, transport, slaughter), the analysis and solving of welfare related problems and in the development of new research projects.

Additional Information

Author Edited by: A. Velarde and R. Geers
Availability In Print
Dimensions Unknown (W x H x D)
Extent 208pp
ISBN 9789086860258
Publication date 2007
Book Type Hardcover


  • General introduction
  • Lying behaviour (location, posture and duration)
  • Lying down and standing up behaviour
  • Fear of humans
  • Stereotypies
  • Apathy
  • Agonistic behaviour
  • Tail biting, ear biting and cannibalism
  • Vulva biting
  • Surgical interventions
  • Bursitis
  • Skin lesions
  • Lameness
  • Mortality
  • Illness status
  • Reproduction problems
  • Body condition score
  • Cleanliness
  • Space allowance
  • Quality, type and amount of bedding
  • Floor type
  • Recreational devices
  • Environmental temperature
  • Other environmental parameters
  • Quality of stockpersonship
  • Remote monitoring
  • Welfare parameters related to welfare needs
  • Guidelines to develop a monitoring tool for on farm application
  • Acknowledgement to COST Action
  • Index

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