Journal of Veterinary and Animal Sciences

Volume: 55 Issue: 1

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Behavioural responses of Large White Yorkshire weanling piglets to cold stress

Treesa Rose George1, Justin Davis1*, K.S. Anil1, M.P. Unnikrishnan2 and Joseph Mathew1

1. Department of Livestock Production Management College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Mannuthy, Thrissur-680 651

2. Centre for Pig Production and Research, Mannuthy, Thrissur

Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University Kerala, India

*Corresponding author: [email protected], Ph. 9447237868

Year: 2024, Page: 78-82, Doi: https://doi.org/10.51966/jvas.2024.55.1.78-82

Received: Sept. 25, 2023 Accepted: Nov. 1, 2023 Published: March 31, 2024

Abstract

A study to investigate the behavioural responses of Large White Yorkshire weanling piglets to cold stress during the post-monsoon season in Kerala was carried out at the Centre for Pig Production and Research, Mannuthy. Forty piglets were randomly allotted to four treatment groups with ten animals each, and animals of three treatment groups were reared on different bedding materials, and animals of the remaining one treatment group was kept as control and werereared on concrete floor without any bedding material. The analysis of the recordeddata regarding the microclimatic environment of the animals revealed the presence of cold stress during the study period. Behavioural response scores of animals indicated that the provision of bedding materials provided climatic comfort and acted as a good source of enrichment adding to the welfare of the weanling piglets.

Keywords: Large White Yorkshire, behaviour, cold stress, weanling piglet

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Cite this article

George, T.R., Davis, J.., Anil, K.S., Unnikrishnan, M.P. and Mathew, J.2024. Behavioural responses of Large White Yorkshire weanling piglets to cold stress. J. Vet. Anim. Sci. 55(1):78-82

DOI: https://doi.org/10.51966/jvas.2024.55.1.78-82

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