Modifications in the aggressive and ingestive ...



Title Modifications in the aggressive and ingestive behavior of the neonatal piglet as a result of prenatal elevation of cortisol in the dam
Author(s) Lius A. Bate
Journal Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Date 1991
Volume 30
Issue 3-4
Start page 299
End page 306
Abstract Sows were infused with corticotropin (ACTH) at 1 IU/kg body wt per day in 1 litre saline, or with the same volume of saline, from the 104th day of gestation. In piglets from both groups of sows, blood cortisol decreased significantly after birth, while glucose increased within 2 h. The total number of aggressive acts was significantly higher in pigs born to control than in pigs born to ACTH-treated sows. Time between birth and sucking was slightly less in pigs from ACTH-treated than in those from control sows. It is concluded that ACTH reduces the rate of agonistic interactions and tends to reduce the time required for first-time successful sucking..

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