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The influence of mineral blocks on the behaviour of newly weaned pigs

  • G Mas Reixach (a1), S Felius (a1), C Coonan (a2), P R English (a1) and S A Edwards (a1)...

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Newly weaned pigs frequently show high levels of oral-nasal behaviour directed towards penmates which may cause injury if taking the form of ear and tail biting. It has been suggested that such behaviours may be motivated by both behavioural and nutritional influences. This experiment was carried out to investigate whether the provision of nutrient blocks supplying minerals, trace elements and herbs could reduce penmate-directed behaviours in weaned piglets.

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3 Present address: Department of Agriculture, University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU

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