Animal Science, Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine
41st Annual Meeting of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians
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Proceedings of the 41st Annual Meeting of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians
March 6-9, 2010
In the United States swine industry, castration is essentially universal and only a select number of male pigs are left intact as potential breeder boars. Pain and distress inflicted by castration is an animal well-being concern in livestock production. Castration in pigs has been shown to cause a stressful and painful response. The need for a robust, repeatable pysiological indicator of pain for use in the assessment of production practices designed to minimize these impacts has been recognized.
Hensch, M.; Layman, L. L.; Karriker, L. A.; Coetzee, J.; and Johnson, A. K., "Using serum cortisol to distinguish between acute stress and pain response following castration in piglets" (2010). Animal Science Conference Proceedings and Presentations. 28.