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Influence of width and bends on the ease of movement of pigs along races
  1. PD Warriss,
  2. SN Brown,
  3. TG Knowles and
  4. JE Edwards

Abstract

Pigs could be moved along a race 120 cm wide more quickly than along a race 45 cm wide. The presence of a bend with an angle of 45 degrees slowed their progress by about 10 per cent, a bend of 90 degrees or 120 degrees slowed them by 19 per cent and a 180 degrees bend slowed them by 44 per cent. There was little evidence of any interaction between the effects of width and angle of bend; the effect of a sharp bend could not be compensated for by increased width. The pigs became accustomed to the races and moved more quickly in later runs.

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