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Pig pens: a look at mirrors and mats

26 June 2017

What a pig sees when it looks into a mirror may help Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists improve livestock housing.

Studying livestock behaviour, stress and other well-being and production factors is the job of animal scientist Jeremy Marchant-Forde and his colleagues at the ARS Livestock Behaviour Research Unit in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Dr Marchant-Forde investigates the use of mirrors and mats in improving the environment pigs are kept. This information could help in reducing stress, which in turn, enhances well-being, growth and efficiency, and decreases disease susceptibility.

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Emily Houghton

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Emily Houghton is a Zoology graduate from Cardiff University and was the editor of The Pig Site from October 2017 to May 2020. Emily has worked in livestock husbandry, and has written, conducted and assisted with research projects regarding the synthesis of welfare and productivity of free-range food species.

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