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Tail biting in pigs 1: the prevalence at six UK abattoirs and the relationship of tail biting with docking, sex and other carcass damage


, : Tail biting in pigs 1: the prevalence at six UK abattoirs and the relationship of tail biting with docking, sex and other carcass damage. Pig Journal 43: 18-32

The prevalence of tail biting at 6 UK abattoirs was investigated between August and October 1997. A week was spent at each abattoir, and 62 971 pigs were examined. On average (6 abattoirs) 80.9% of pigs had docked tails (range 70.7-90.9%). A mean of 3.1% of docked and 9.2% of long-tailed pigs had evidence of tail biting.


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