To what extent can individual variation in the stress response and coping style in time be reflected by hair cortisol in pigs (Sus scrofa domesticus)

 

StressChron Framework:

Project code018
AcronymCORTPIG
RoleCoordinator
Research areaUnravelling the fundamentals of glucocorticoid actions across vertebrates
Research topicIndividual variation in stress response
VertebrateMammal
SpeciesPig (Sus scrofa domesticus)

 

Abstract

The research goal is to investigate whether individual pigs (Sus scrofa domesticus) kept in the same well-defined management system are differing in hair cortisol level as biomarker for chronic stress. Hair is easy and non-invasive to sample and hence it is possible to evaluate the stress level and more broader the animal welfare over an extended period of time in an objective, animal-friendly but also logistically and financially feasible way on a large scale.

 

Specifics

Keywords: husbandry, pig, stress, cortisol, hair

Funding: internal

Status: on-going

Consortium:

Ghent University, Belgium (Aerts J)

Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Belgium (Aerts J, Ampe B, Sonck B)

 

Output

None at present