Summary and Implications
The objective of this study was to evaluate the use of flavored ropes as environmental enrichment for individually housed gilts. Twelve crossbred gilts were observed using a randomized crossover design so that gilts were tested with ropes soaked in two of the four treatments: water, salt water, sugar water, and apple juice. Oral/nasal contacts did not differ between rope treatments; however, gilts provided flavored rope enrichment were observed lying less than baseline. These results suggest that flavored rope enrichment does not alter oral/nasal contact, but may impact activity levels in individually penned gilts.
Iowa State University
Colpoys, Jessica D.; Annen, Jennifer; Martens, Kimberly; Gabler, Nicholas K.; and Johnson, Anna
"Stalled Gilt Behavior when Provided with Novel Flavors on Rope Environmental Enrichment,"
Animal Industry Report:
AS 662, ASL R3112.
Available at: http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/ans_air/vol662/iss1/73