Development and evaluation of prevention and outbreak husbandry advisory tools
Research partners: University of Bristol and Newcastle University
Industrial partners: RSPCA, Pig producers
Sponsors: AHDB Pork, RSPCA
Project duration: 2006 - 2009
Aims and objectives
To identify risks associated with tail biting and to apply this knowledge with the aim of preventing and reducing tail biting.
- Results from the survey were used to fine-tune the understanding of the relative importance of different risk factors in order to help prioritise preventative measures on different types of unit
- A calculator of tail biting risks was made available online via Bristol University
- A related project was also carried out on seven units aimed at reducing the impact of tail biting once an outbreak had occurred.