The study of animal behavior is important in day-to-day livestock management and veterinary medicine. Ethology, or the study of animal behavior, can answer basic ethological questions or questions of interest to farmers. This article will cover beneficial and problematic behaviors displayed by swine throughout all phases of production and the importance of caretaker skills and management. A novel behavioral tool for researchers will be introduced. Finally, certification and assessment tools that can be implemented on U.S. farms to assess swine behavioral management will be described.

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