Pig Personality - A Closer Look at Farm Animals

published 4 months ago by UCTV

At the Animal Science Swine Center at UC Davis, Kristina Horback studies pig personality. She monitors the behavior of female pig from birth through puberty looking for behavior that would help predict aggression in female sows. Series: "UCTV Prime" [Show ID: 34112]

When introduced to someone who studies pick personality it is a confusing idea. By observes email piglets at birth how they interact with each other and with their mothers how. Aggression is a big issue for swine because they create dominance higher. With my research I'm hoping to understand if we can't predict aggression in these female sows at a really young age. I also look at their behavior in individual experiments how did they react when they're all alone in a new area or how will they react when they are threatened by a brand new object the never seen before. It's important to incorporate the behavior of the animal when we're looking at the health of the animal. These animals are tested and retested as they develop and this tells us a lot about differences in coping with stress ...

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