Defining the behaviour of different pig genotypes
Research partners: University of Leeds
Industry partners: AHDB Pork-funded studentship (Helen Clarke)
Aims and objectives
To compare the behaviours of three genotypes of pig in their response to several human-interaction tests.
- Large White type pigs were consistently found to be the most confident genotype when faced with human contact
- Large White types accrued relatively high numbers of lesions, particularly to the shoulders
- Hampshire type pigs were the shyest genotype, and proved most difficult to manage when driving, due to a lack of willingness to move
- Hampshire type pigs were found to accrue far fewer lesions post mixing in comparison to the other genotypes and those lesions found were focused on the ears
- Hampshire type pigs were difficult to control when loading into weighing apparatus, and hard to contain
- Pietrain type pigs’ behaviour fell between these two extremes; they tended to bolt away from human contact when being driven, which gave them the quickest time to complete courses, but made management more difficult
- Pietrain type accrued similar numbers of lesions as Large White type pigs and again to the shoulders.