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Neuroanatomical changes at the nerve endings, where the nerve has been cut, may affect the sensitivity of the tails to pain. Photo: Colourbox.

2015.03.24 | Anis

Tail docking causes neuroanatomical changes to pig tails

When pigs have their tails docked this causes neuroanatomical changes at the nerve endings where the nerve has been cut. These changes may affect the sensitivity of the tails to pain.

Sows with shoulder ulcers have lower nursing frequency and less contact with their young compared with healthy sows without shoulder ulcers. Photo: Jesper Rais, Aarhus University.
The results indicate, that the sows are affected by the shoulder ulcers and attempt to ease any pain or discomfort through frequent changes in posture and by spending less time lying. Photo: Henrik E. Jensen, University of Copenhagen.

2015.03.18 | Anis

Shoulder ulcers affect the behaviour of sows

Shoulder ulcers in lactating sows affect the behaviour of sows shown as shorter lying time, increased restlessness and lower nursing frequency. This is the result of an investigation conducted by Aarhus University and the Danish Pig Research Centre.

Scientists will evaluate the welfare of calves on organic and conventional dairy farms. 

The new project will investigate what it means for dairy cows suffering from mastitis to be housed in a sick pen.

2015.03.09 | Anis

Better cow and calf welfare the core of new project

Scientists at the Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University, will compare the welfare of calves on organic farms with that on conventional farms, and look at the effect of using sick pens on cows suffering from mastitis. The Danish Centre for Animal Welfare is supporting the two projects.