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Welfare of Pigs - From Birth to Slaughter

  • Welfare of Pigs - From Birth to Slaughter

Welfare of Pigs - From Birth to Slaughter

Edited by: Luigi Faucitano and Allan L. Schaefer

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Author(s): Edited by: Luigi Faucitano and Allan L. Schaefer

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The current scientific literature contains reviews and articles on specific aspects of pig production and farm animal welfare. This book is intended to be a reference text that covers all aspects of pig production, on the basis of scientific results. This work contains current, easy-to-understand scientific reviews on animal welfare with over 700 specific references to animal welfare. All aspects of animal welfare with respect to pigs are discussed, from genetic selection and breeding to transportation and slaughter.

This work was written by scientific experts renowned for their knowledge and work in the area of pig welfare. Their common goal was to provide an in-depth review and empirical assessment of pig production concepts, knowledge and techniques in use today. Through scientific examples, the authors explain how improving animal welfare increases profitability.

This work is intended for academics, researchers, students, animal welfare associations, industry and anyone who is involved in the production chain or concerned about the welfare of pigs being raised on farms.

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Author Edited by: Luigi Faucitano and Allan L. Schaefer
Availability In Print
Dimensions Unknown (W x H x D)
Extent 316 pp
ISBN 9789086860661
Publication date 2008
Book Type Hardcover


  • Preface
  • Chapter 1. Welfare concepts - D.M. Broom
    1. Welfare definition
    2. Welfare and needs
    3. Welfare and feelings
    4. Welfare and stress
    5. Welfare and health
    6. Welfare and pain
    7. Welfare concepts in relation to assessment
  • Chapter 2. Assessment of pig welfare - P. MormŠde
    1. Introduction
    2. Neuroendocrine systems
    3. Behaviour
    4. Production and pathology
    5. Conclusion and perspectives
  • Chapter 3. The welfare of pregnant and lactating sows - R. Bergeron, M.-C. Meunier-Salan and S. Robert
    1. Introduction
    2. Hunger and thirst
    3. Discomfort
    4. Pain and injuries
    5. Behavioural needs
    6. Fear, stress and suffering
  • Welfare of pigs Chapter 4. The welfare of piglets - B. Puppe, M.-C. Meunier-Salan, W. Otten and P. Orgeur
    1. Introduction
    2. Comfort and housing requirements
    3. Nutrition and welfare
    4. Viability and health
    5. Behavioural needs
    6. Fear, stress and suffering
    7. Conclusions
  • Chapter 5. The welfare of growing-finishing pigs - J.G. Gentry, A.K. Johnson and J.J. McGlone
    1. Introduction
    2. Welfare of the recently weaned and nursery pig
    3. Main Grow-Finish period
    4. Housing and environmental effects on welfare and meat quality of the G-F pig
    5. Research opportunities to improve Grow-Finisher pig welfare
    6. Conclusions
  • Chapter 6. The welfare of pigs during transport - C. Bench, A. Schaefer and L. Faucitano
    1. Introduction
    2. Loading density
    3. Transport distance and duration
    4. Vehicle design
    5. Non-ambulatory animals or those otherwise unfit for transport
    6. Conclusions
  • Chapter 7. Effects of preslaughter handling on stress response and meat quality in pigs - L. Faucitano and N.A. Geverink
    1. Introduction
    2. Critical points within the pre-slaughter period
    3. Conclusions
  • Chapter 8. Welfare of pigs during stunning and slaughter - M. Raj
    1. Introduction
    2. Handling during stunning
    3. Stunning methods
    4. Killing of pigs on the farms during disease outbreaks
  • Chapter 9. Breeding pigs for improved welfare - L. Rydhmer and N. Lundeheim
    1. Introduction
    2. Genetics and animal breeding
    3. Pig breeding today
    4. Direct influence of breeding procedures on welfare
    5. Heterosis improves piglet vitality
    6. Selection for increased litter size requires selection for piglet survival
    7. Maternal behaviour and fear
    8. The sow?s ability to produce milk and to use body reserves
    9. Relations between growth, leanness, feed conversion and welfare
    10. Leg weakness and longevity
    11. Selection against or for extreme stress sensitivity?
    12. Selection for improved resistance to micro-organisms
    13. Breeding instead of castration?
    14. Selection against ?bad behaviour?
    15. Selection for decreased environmental sensitivity
    16. More data are needed to improve welfare by breeding
    17. The role of cooperation in improving pig welfare
    18. Practical implications
  • Chapter 10. Human-pig relationships - P.H. Hemsworth
    1. Human-animal relationships in pig production
    2. Fear, productivity and welfare
    3. Stockperson characteristics regulating the pig?s fear of humans
    4. Other important job-related characteristics of the stockperson
    5. Opportunities to improve human-animal interactions in the pig industry
    6. Training
    7. Selection of stockpeople
    8. Conclusion
  • Chapter 11. The welfare of pigs: a social, ethical and scientific issue - D. Fraser
    1. Introduction
    2. Debate about animal welfare
    3. Animal welfare science
    4. Animal welfare assurance programs
    5. The application of animal welfare science
  • Index

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