NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Swine Welfare
NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Swine Welfare
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WCVM, UofS, 52 Campus Dr., Saskatoon, SK
Swine ethology and welfare research group

Research to Understand the Behaviour and Improve the Welfare of Farmed Pigs

A research program to improve our understanding of pigs, improve their welfare, and support sustainable swine farming practices

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Helping producers enhance their operations.

On January 9th we hosted an afternoon of knowledge transfer focusing on the results generated from the NSERC IRC swine welfare research program and discussion of their implications for producers and the pork value chain. Over 40 producers, industry representatives and researchers joined for the presentations and lively discussions of the results. Keep an eye on the website for updated results!

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You’re never too old to play! Play can be promoted using novel enrichment even without extra space & sustained until the finishing period in pigs! Play is motivating and rewarding for pigs, improving welfare on farm.
To learn more, see Karolina’s paper: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168159124001114?dgcid=author


The @PrairieSwine 2024 Producer meetings were a success: we discussed the value of the NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Swine Welfare program for Canadian swine producers. Thank you to all who attended for productive and thoughtful conversations about pig welfare!

May 16th We’re presenting @MeatInstitute’s Animal Care & Handling Conference, Kansas City! Martyna will discuss using AI tech to automate carcass assessments, retrospectively measuring pig welfare on-farm & in pre-slaughter handling. We’re looking forward to connecting with you!

Thank you 21st Century Pork Forum & Kansas State University for the opportunity to connect & communicate! Sharing research knowledge with industry leaders, end-users, & fellow researchers is crucial to supporting positive progress in pig welfare & pork production.


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Biomarkers of Welfare

Results from this project indicate pigs with ‘enhanced’ enrichment increased lifelong ADG and were easier to handle at eight weeks. Piglets with pre-weaning lameness had increased cortisol:DHEA ratio in hair, suggesting this could be an objective measure of individual welfare.

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