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: 10th November 2017
Page Count: 506
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Table of Contents

Part One: Pig Welfare Hotspots
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: inevitable or unacceptable?
4. Lifetime consequences of the early physical and social environment of piglets
5. Tail biting
6. Manipulable materials
7. Mitigating hunger in pregnant sows
8. Aggression in group housed sows and fattening pigs
9. Handling and transport of pigs
10. Slaughter of pigs

Part Two: Pig Welfare Emerging Topics
11. The pain-sensitive pig
12. On-farm and post-mortem pig health status assessment
13. Pig-human interactions: Pig-human interactions: creating a positive perception of humans to ensure pig welfare
14. Breeding for pig welfare; opportunities and challenges
15. Positive pig welfare
16. Pigs as laboratory animals



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.

The book is divided into two sections. Part One opens with an overview of main welfare challenges in commercial pig production systems and then reviews pig welfare hot spots from birth to slaughter. Part Two highlights emerging topics in pig welfare, such as pain and health assessment, early socialization and environmental enrichment, pig-human interactions, breeding for welfare, positive pig welfare and pigs as laboratory animals.

This book is an essential part of the wider ranging series Advances in Farm Animal Welfare, with coverage of cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry.

With its expert editor and international team of contributors, Advances in Pig Welfare is a key reference tool for welfare research scientists and students, veterinarians 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