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Table 5 What 58 Irish farrow-to-finish farms participating in the survey do on a pen level in the event of a tail biting outbreak, ranked from 1 (wouldn’t do) to 7 (would do)

From: Irish pig farmer’s perceptions and experiences of tail and ear biting

Measure Mean (± Sdev) Median (Interquartile range)
Remove bitten (4) 6.39 ± 1.35 a 7 (0)
Add object (5) 5.63 ± 2.22 b 7 (2)
Remove biter (2) 4.40 ± 2.43 c 3 (4)
Identify biter (1) 4.40 ± 2.37 c 5 (4)
Anti-biting substance (7) 3.70 ± 2.60 c 5 (5)
Reduce density (6) 3.49 ± 2.38 c 3 (6)
Add bedding (3) 2.09 ± 2.06 c 1 (1)
  1. Numbers in parentheses next to the measure indicate the ranking for each measure by Finnish farmers [20]. Different letters (a, b, c) indicate P < 0.01 based on pair-wise comparisons