Drs. Ventura and Zhitnitskiy, faculty members in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resources and the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota recently published a new article regarding the influence of point-source enrichment on the behavior of gestating sows housed in groups. The article is available in open-access on the Frontiers in Animal Science website.
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- Most common observed behaviors were sows being inactive (73%), followed by sham-chewing (16%). Enrichment use made up only 1% of observations.
- Number of observed interactions with enrichment decreased sharply on the second day.
- Low-parity sows, moderately-lame sows, and sham-chewing sows interacted more with the enrichment.
- No increase in adverse effects (agonistic behaviors, sham-chewing) was observed.
In this new publication from the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education, Dr. Perle Zhitnitskiy from the UMN swine group, in collaboration with Dr. Beth Ventura explores the impact that various educational initiatives have on first-year veterinary students attitudes towards swine production.
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- First-year students undergo 1-hour lecture and one farm visit in their first year of the curriculum.
- Knowledge and attitudes towards pigs improved after the educational initiatives.
- Students became more segmented in their overall view of swine production.
- Provision of enrichment did not increase students’ satisfaction with the level of animal welfare on the farm.