Influence of environmental enrichment on the behaviour, performance and meat quality of domestic pigs

V.E. Beattie, Niamh O'Connell, Bruce Moss

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Abstract

Three hundred and twenty pigs were reared from birth to slaughter at 21 weeks in either barren or enriched environments. The barren environments were defined as intensive housing (slatted floors and minimum recommended space allowances) and the enriched environments incorporated extra space, an area which contained peat and straw in a rack. Behavioural observations showed that environmental enrichment reduced time spent inactive and time spent involved in harmful social and aggressive behaviour while increasing the time spent in exploratory behaviour. During the finishing period (15-21 weeks) mean daily food intakes were higher and food conversion ratios were lower for pigs in enriched environments compared with their counterparts in barren environments (P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-79
Number of pages9
JournalLivestock Production Science
Volume65
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • veterinary(all)

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