Synergy for preventing damaging behaviour in group housed pigs and chickens
PhD and Postdoc course: Prenatal and early life influences on the development of damaging behaviour in pigs and laying hens
From 6 to 8 November 2017, the second training school of the European COST Action GroupHouseNet was held at the School of Agriculture of the Basque country in Spain. The training school aimed at providing high level training for PhD students and post docs on the topic of the relationship between prenatal and early life influences on the development of damaging behaviour in pigs and hens, to present their own research, and to discuss the latest science and make new European connections.
Mon 6th Nov: 'Mechanisms'
Introduction to damaging behaviour in laying hens and pigs
Fundamental mechanisms leading to behavioural and brain changes in animals
Mechanisms of prenatal stress effects
Evening: Cocktail mixing
Tues 7th Nov: 'Development'
Maternal and early life effects in hens and pigs
Perinatal effects on feather pecking
Development of damaging behaviours in pigs
Evening: Group dinner
Wed 8th Nov: 'The way forward!'
Prevention strategies in hens and pigs, working examples and discussions on the way forward