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 completely different.
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.