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Torun Wallgren

Torun Wallgren

Presentation

I am a PhD student at the Department of Animal Environment and Health, Divison of Environment, Care and Herd Health in Skara. I work with research, especially about pigs' behavior.

Research

My doctoral project is called "Effect of the housing environment and management on the incidence of tail biting in pigs".

The project is part of the EU project FareWellDock, which has the overall aim to stimulate a non docking policy within the EU. The Swedish part of the project is primarily concernig how straw can be used as enrichment and prevent tail biting.

In my research, I primarily investigate the connection between straw use and the occurrence of tail biting / tail damage, with a focus on straw management in commercial herds.

Background

I am a agronomist in animal science, and also hold a BSc and MSc in Animal Science from SLU.

Selected publications

A survey of straw use and tail biting in Swedish pig farms rearing undocked pigs
Wallgren, T., Westin, R., Gunnarsson, S. 2016. Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica 201658:84 https://doi.org/10.1186/s13028-016-0266-8

Wallgren, T., Larsen, A., Lundeheim, N., Westin, R., Gunnarsson, S. 2018.  Implication and impact of straw provision on behaviour, lesions and pen hygiene on commercial farms rearing undocked pigs. In press: Applied Animal Behaviour Sciences

 

Wallgren, T., Larsen, A., Gunnarsson, S. 2019.  Tail Posture as an Indicator of Tail Biting in Undocked Finishing Pigs. Animals 2019, 9(1), 18; https://doi.org/10.3390/ani9010018

 


Contact
Doctoral Student at the Department of Animal Environment and Health; Division of Environment, Care and Herd Health
Telephone: 0511-672 19
Work description: PHD-student at the department of Animal Environment and Health. My project is named "Effect of the housing environment and management on the incidence of tail biting in pigs". The project is part of the EU-financed project FareWellDock whichs aims to phase out the tail docking practice within EU. The Swedish part of the project primarily studies how straw can be used as enrichment for pigs, and how straw can be used in order to prevent tail biting without the tail docking procedure. www.FareWellDock.eu
Postal address:
Inst för husdjurens miljö och hälsa, Box 234
532 23 SKARA
Visiting address: Gråbrödragatan 19, Skara