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Tail docking in pigs - healing and repair mechanisms - AW0127

To study the gross anatomy and the frequency disctribution of nerve endings in the tails of new born and finished piglets and to suggest the most practical, comfortable and efective method of tail docking in relation to the repair and healing mechanism of the tail and the behaviour of the piglets at tail docking. The latter is an interim measure until the implications of modern management practices are fully understood, and producers can cease docking with the confidence that tail biting will not occur.

The results will provide MAFF with valuable informtaion, particularly with reagrd to the issue of long term pain after tail docking which is in line with MAFF's acceptance of the need for further scientific information on the perception and alleviation of pain, as experessed by FAWC (ROAME A 1994/5 onwards). The information will also assist MAFF in it's decision making process on the issue of tail docking. The best method of tail docking will assist producers whilst they await information from various studies on tail biting - its cause and its prevention.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Tail docking in pigs - healing and repair mechanisms with particular regard to long-term pain   (1763k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2000

To: 2002

Cost: £63,955
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Cambac JMA Research Limited, Veterinary Laboratories Agency
Animal Welfare              
Plants and Animals              
Fields of Study
Animal Welfare