Summer Session II 2009
PIGLETS: ONTOGENY OF NURSING AND ITS SOCIAL CONTEXT
Rules regarding access to the Swine Facility.
1. You may not enter the facility if you, or your clothes or shoes have had contact
with swine or other food mammals (cattle, sheep) within the previous 24 hours.
2. You must apply shoe covers before entering the facility (these will be
3. You should wash or disinfect your hands before leaving the Swine Facility
You may need to change clothes after this lab; 2 hours in the swine barn does not aromatic
clothing make. You may also want to wear a cap or other head covering to minimize absorption
of pig odor by your hair. (But, it’s a new facility, so this may not be as big a problem as in the
Please also note that we will observe piglets for two weeks.
Note that you will be car-pooling out to the swine facility.
: head west on Hutchison, across Hwy. 113, as though you’re going to Rd.
98 and the primate center. Turn left on Hopkins Rd., the fifth road (including dirt roads) that
goes off to the left after crossing Hwy. 113 (it’s also the last road before Rd. 98 & the primate
center). There may not be a sign identifying Hopkins Rd., but it probably says that Bee Biology
is back there, too, and it’s the 2
olive-tree lined road. Continue back Hopkins, and take the 2
left onto Stralock Rd. The swine barn is just a couple of hundred feet down Stralock, on the
left. Pull into the parking lot on the near (Hopkins Rd.) side of the barn – no parking permits
are needed. Come on around to the front (Stralock Rd.) side of the barn, and wait outside until
the TA arrives to provide further instruction. Restrooms are accessible from the outside if you
This exercise will provide the opportunity to record data on the occurrence and ontogeny of
parent-offspring and peer-peer interactions. It also has the potential to reveal the phenomenon
of social contagion, the active role of young in extracting parenting, and how even closely
related individuals such as full siblings need to deal with conflicts of interest.
Appleby, M. C., Weary, D. M., Taylor, A. A. & Illmann, G. 1999. Vocal Communication in
Pigs: Who Are Nursing Piglets Screaming at?
Fraser, D. 1984. The role of behavior in swine production: A review of research.