Journal cover Journal topic
Archives Animal Breeding Archiv Tierzucht
Journal topic

Journal metrics

Journal metrics

  • IF value: 0.991 IF 0.991
  • IF 5-year value: 1.217 IF 5-year
    1.217
  • CiteScore value: 2.0 CiteScore
    2.0
  • SNIP value: 1.055 SNIP 1.055
  • IPP value: 1.27 IPP 1.27
  • SJR value: 0.425 SJR 0.425
  • Scimago H <br class='hide-on-tablet hide-on-mobile'>index value: 28 Scimago H
    index 28
  • h5-index value: 13 h5-index 13
Supported by
Logo Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology Logo Leibniz Association
Volume 52, issue 6
Arch. Anim. Breed., 52, 603–612, 2009
https://doi.org/10.5194/aab-52-603-2009
© Author(s) 2009. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Arch. Anim. Breed., 52, 603–612, 2009
https://doi.org/10.5194/aab-52-603-2009
© Author(s) 2009. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

  10 Oct 2009

10 Oct 2009

Analysis of agonistic interactions between sows with different rank position during mixing

C. Borberg and S. Hoy C. Borberg and S. Hoy
  • Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany

Abstract. Ninety-six sows in twelve groups of eight sows were continuously video-observed during 48 hours after weaning and mixing. The occurrence and the outcome of all agonistic interactions (AI) were recorded and data of wins and defeats were transformed into a 8 × 8 (winner-loser) matrix. Aggressor and receiver of the attacks and fights in the dyads have been determined and the rank index for each sow was calculated leading to the individual rank place RP (1 to 8) and to the classifying into high ranking (HRS: RP 1 to 4) and low ranking sows (LRS: RP 5 to 8). Based on a total number of 2 414 AI dominant sows with RP=1 initiated 94.3 % of the AI they were involved in and were the receiver in 5.7 % of the AI. In contrast, every fourth AI was orientated towards the subdominant sow with RP=8. The sows with RP 7 or 8 were the receivers in nearly half of all AI (44.9 %). Fights occurred more frequently between sows with a low rank place difference. More than 60 % of the attacks and more than 40 % of the fights were initiated from high ranking sows towards low ranking sows even though 28.6 % was the estimated value for those dyads. In only 2 % of the attacks and 18.8 % of the fights LRS engaged HRS which means that HRS usually react with a counter-attack when being attacked by a LRS.

Download
Citation