Influence of group size during the post-weaning period on the performance and behaviour of pigs

Niamh O'Connell, V.E. Beattie, R.N. Weatherup

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to assess the effect of group size during the post-weaning period on the performance and behaviour of pigs. A total of 1280 pigs were allocated to one of five group sizes from weaning at 4 weeks of age until 10 weeks of age. The group sizes consisted of 10, 20, 30, 40 or 60 pigs, and groups were balanced for gender and weight. All pigs were housed at a constant space allowance and one 4-space dry feeder and drinker was provided per 10 animals. Group size did not significantly affect growth rate; however, the coefficient of variation for growth was greater in groups of 10 than in larger groups, and this reached significance (P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-232
Number of pages8
JournalLivestock Production Science
Volume86
Issue number1-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • veterinary(all)

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