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The effect of different paddock rotation strategies for organic sows on behaviour, welfare and the environment

Kelly, Hilary; Shiel, Robert; Edwards, Sandra; Day, Jon and Browning, Helen (2002) The effect of different paddock rotation strategies for organic sows on behaviour, welfare and the environment. In: Powell, Jane and et al., (Eds.) Proceedings of the UK Organic Research 2002 Conference, Organic Centre Wales, Institute of Rural Studies, University of Wales Aberystwyth, pp. 273-276.

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This report was presented at the UK Organic Research 2002 Conference. Two alternative paddock rotations for dry sows were established on an organic farm: Rotational (40 x 40m moved three times per year) and Set Stocked (120 x 40m in place for one year). Sows showed distinct preferences in the location of dunging and urination within the paddocks (p<0.001), but no differences between the paddocks. Vegetation cover under the sows was similar overall in the two paddock systems, but showed differences over the year. Work to model the potential for nutrient leaching in the two paddock systems is ongoing.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Colloquium of Organic Researchers; COR; pigs; behaviour; excretion; paddock rotation; management strategies; welfare; environment; livestock
Subjects: Farming Systems
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Pigs
Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Environmental aspects > Air and water emissions
Research affiliation: UK
UK > Colloquium of Organic Researchers (COR) > COR 2002
UK > Other organizations
UK > ADAS
UK > Univ. Newcastle
Deposited By: Powell, Ms Jane
ID Code:8420
Deposited On:23 Oct 2006
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:33
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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