Advances in Pig Welfare - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780081010129

Advances in Pig Welfare

1st Edition

Editors: Marek Špinka
Hardcover ISBN: 9780081010129
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 1st September 2017
Page Count: 576
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Table of Contents

Part One: Pig needs and welfare hot spots from birth to slaughter
1. Overview of commercial pig production systems and their main welfare challenges
2. Sow welfare in the farrowing crate and alternatives
3. Piglet mortality and morbidity
4. Tail biting
5. Manipulatable materials
6. Aggression in group housed sows and fattening pigs
7. Mitigating hunger in pregnant sows
8. Pig-human interactions
9. Handling and transport of pigs
10. Slaughter of pigs
Part Two: Pig welfare emerging topics
11. The stress- and pain-sensitive pig
12. Breeding for pig welfare
13. Environmental enrichment and early socialization for piglets
14. Positive pig welfare
15. Pigs as laboratory animals
Part Three: Pig Welfare Assessment and Summary
16. On-farm and post-mortem pig health status assessment
17. Dynamic pig welfare: advances in progress, current gridlocks and emerging developments


Advances in Pig Welfare analyzes current topical issues in the key areas of pig welfare assessment and improvement. With coverage of both recent developments and reviews of historical welfare issues, the volume provides a comprehensive survey of the field.

Divided into three sections, the book opens in Part One with an introduction to pig needs and highlights welfare hot spots from birth to slaughter. Part Two moves on to review emerging topics in pig welfare, such as breeding for welfare, environmental enrichment and early socialization. Part Three then covers assessment of pig welfare both on-farm and post-mortem, before concluding with a review of currents advances and future developments.

This book is an essential part of the wider ranging series Herd and Flock Welfare, with coverage of cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry and aquaculture.

With its expert editor and international team of contributors, Advances in Pig Welfare is a key reference tool for welfare research scientists and students, practicing vets involved in welfare assessment, and indeed anyone with a professional interest in the welfare of pig.

Key Features

  • Provides in-depth reviews of emerging topics, research, and applications in pig welfare
  • Analyzes on-farm assessment of pig welfare, an extremely important marker for the monitoring of real welfare impacts of any changes in husbandry systems
  • Edited by a leader in the field of pig welfare, with contributing experts from veterinary science, welfare academia, and practitioners in industry


Animal Welfare research scientists, Postgraduate students, Policy makers and stakeholders, R&D managers


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About the Editors

Marek Špinka Editor

Marek Špinka graduated in zoology at Charles University in Prague and obtained his PhD in animal science at the Czech Agricultural University. His research focuses on social behaviour and welfare of pigs and cattle as well as on basic questions within the fields of animal social life, communication and ontogenetic development. Marek Špinka leads a research group at the Institute of Animal Science in Prague and is Lecturer in Comparative Psychology at Charles University in Prague.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of Ethology, Institute of Animal Science, Prague, Czech Republic