Relationship between reluctance to eat novel foods and open-field behavior in sheep

Fear, a key aspect of temperament with important implications for both animal welfare and production, may be manifest in responses to novelty. Herbivores typically prefer the familiar to the novel, and they generally regard anything novel with caution (i.e., they are reluctant to eat novel foods). We hypothesized animals differ in their fearfulness towards food […]

Modifications of operant thermoregulatory behavior of the young pig by environmental temperature and food availability

Piglets (Sus scrofa domesticus) were weaned at 14 days and acclimated to 10 (“cold animals”) or 35°C (“warm animals”). Cold animals were either fed ad lib. (10HH) or maintained on a high (10H) or low (10L) nutrition plane. Warm animals were maintained on a high (35H), low (35L), or a very low (35LL) nutrition plane. […]

Effect of forage presentation on feed intake behaviour in stabled horses

In some stabled horses, the lack of foraging opportunity leads to a reduction in chewing time with consequent negative impacts on the digestive system and potentially development of stereotypies. This study aimed to compare the effect of four types of haynets on feed intake behaviour in stabled horses. Feed intake behaviour (intake time, bite rate, […]