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Consistency of measurement of social status in sows housed in two group dry-sow systems

  • R. H. Bradshaw (a1), J. Skyrme (a2), E. E. Brenninkmeijer (a3) and D. M. Broom (a1)

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A wide range of measures have been employed in an attempt to determine social structure in groups of animals and different analyses of social behaviour may result in the construction of different hierarchies (Tomback et al. 1989). In order to investigate social aspects of welfare in group-housed sows it is important to establish a meaningful measure of group dynamics. We therefore wished to establish whether different measures of social status resulted in the construction of similar hierarchies in dry-sows housed in indoor or outdoor group-housing systems.

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Tomback, D. F., Wachtel, M. A., Driscoll, J. W. and Bekoff, M. 1989. Measuring and structuring hierarchies: an example using mule deer. Ethology 82: 275286.

Consistency of measurement of social status in sows housed in two group dry-sow systems

  • R. H. Bradshaw (a1), J. Skyrme (a2), E. E. Brenninkmeijer (a3) and D. M. Broom (a1)

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