Behavioural study of long travelling pigs
Scientists from the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
at the University of Aarhus are to focus a study on pig behaviour and welfare
when travelling over long distances.
In the EU pigs may be transported for 24 hours at a time at the most, after
which they must have a rest for at least 24 hours. There is no scientific proof
that this model is the best one for the pigs, so behavioural and veterinary
scientists from the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Aarhus,
intend to rectify that.
They will do this in several ways, among others
using video monitoring of the pigs in the transport vehicle. The scientists can
then see if the pigs spend their time sleeping, fighting, playing or something
Monitoring the pigs' travel life is not just to satisfy the scientists'
curiosity. It can also contribute new knowledge that can be used to improve
Danish and European legislation.
The project, which is the first of its
kind in Denmark, is a collaboration between the Faculty of Agricultural
Sciences, the Danish Meat Association, and the SPF transport company, and is
financed by the Pig Levy Fund.
â€¢ Aarhus University
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