Pigs prefer to look at 'companions'

Scientists find that pigs prefer to be in pens with mirrors, rubber mats and view of other pigs.

What a pig sees when it looks into a mirror may help researchers with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) improve livestock housing.

Animal scientist Jeremy Marchant-Forde and his colleagues at the ARS Livestock Behavior Research Unit in West Lafayette, Ind., study livestock behavior, stress and other well-being and production factors. Improving an animal's environment can reduce stress, which, in turn, may enhance well-being, growth and efficiency

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