The Director of Research and Development for Canada with Topigs Norsvin Canada says selecting pigs for breeding that interact well together is helping improve animal welfare and the economics of pork production.
About a year ago Topigs Norsvin added social breeding values to the traits for which it selects breeding stock. Speaking to Farmscape, Dr Pramod Mathur, the Director of Research and Development for Canada with Topigs Norsvin Canada, told Saskatchewan Pork Industry Symposium 2019 in Saskatoon, animal behaviour is important because animal welfare is all about the well being of the animal in its own environment and social environment is part of it.
"The interaction of animals, not only with humans, but interaction among them is really very important and that's why we have emphasised social interaction," explains Dr Mathur.
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