Background information and practical knowledge on the understanding of the origin of tail-biting, how it affects pig welfare, and how tail docking can be avoided in practice.
Tail biting and origin:
- What is tail biting?
- Which stages of tail biting can be identified?
- Why do pigs bite tails?
How to prevent tail biting? Risks of tail biting can be considerably reduced if correct management measures are introduced. Six key factors are:
- Adequate enrichment
- Comfortable climate
- Good health status
- Limit competition over resources
- Balanced diet
- Adequate pen structure and cleanliness