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Ontario Pork - Making the Switch to Group Housing Part 4
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Making the Switch to Group Housing: Part 4
Understanding sow behaviour is the key to designing gestation opens that maximize returns while minimizing problems associated with aggressive encounters between sows.
It is natural sow behaviour to form dominance hierarchies when they perceive that their resources (primarily food) are limited. If a housing system is designed in such a way that competition for food, water and preferred resting places are unnecessary or unproductive, sows waste little energy on aggressive encounter.