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Title: Bar-biting

item Marchant, Jeremy

Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/22/2007
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: N/A

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Bar biting is regarded as a stereotypic behavior in which the animal carries out repetitive mouthing and biting of the metal bars in its environmental enclosure. It is commonly seen in sows housed in close confinement, in barren environments, and with restricted access to food. However, it has also been implicated as having a function to buffer gastric acidity in sows.