• Easter Bush, Roslin Institute Building

    EH25 9RG Midlothian

    United Kingdom

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Research interests

As a behavioural scientist, I study behaviour as a way of measuring Animal Welfare, and to understand and solve welfare problems which involve behaviour in captive animals, particularly farmed livestock.

My research interests include:

1) Behavioural problems in pig groups: particularly

  • Social aggression (fighting and bullying), where I have long-standing collaboration with SRUC colleague Dr Simon Turner, looking for genetic and management solutions and seeking to understand how pigs assess each other during fights.
  • Tail biting. Identifying practical means to predict, detect and prevent tail biting on farm.

2) The problem of hunger in feed-restricted broiler breeders and dry (lactating) sows. These animals have high growth potential but must be rationed to be healthy adults. Can we find diets which restrict energy to ensure good health without chronic hunger?

3) The use of technology to improve management and welfare by monitoring behaviour on-farm. Developing machine-vision approaches based on video technology to automate behaviour recording. Current work involves collaborating with agri-tech and pig supply chain companies to use 3D cameras to measure tail posture in pigs to develop an early warning system for tail biting (TailTech project)

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Oxford

15 Sep 199330 Dec 1996

Master, University of Oxford

1 Sep 199030 Jun 1993

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Projects 2015 2021

Research Output 1996 2019

2 Citations (Scopus)
2 Downloads (Pure)

Rearing undocked pigs on fully slatted floors using multiple types and variations of enrichment

Chou, J-Y., Drique, C. M. V., Sandercock, D. A., D'Eath, R. B. & O'Driscoll, K., 2 Apr 2019, In : Animals. 9, 4, 139.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
lesions (animal)

Using technology to improve animal welfare: 3D cameras can detect lowered tail posture and give early warning of tailbiting in pigs

D'Eath, RB., Jack, MC., Futro, A., Talbot, D., Zhu, Q., Barclay, D. & Baxter, EM., Jun 2018, p. 52. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

9 Citations (Scopus)
13 Downloads (Pure)

Early intervention with enrichment can prevent tail biting outbreaks in weaner pigs

Lahrmann, HP., Hansen, CF., D'Eath, RB., Busch, ME., Nielsen, JP. & Forkman, B., 23 Jun 2018, In : Livestock Science. 214, p. 272 - 277 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
feeder pigs

Animal personality in the management and welfare of pigs

O'Malley, C., Turner, SP., D'Eath, RB., Steibel, J., Bates, R., Ernst, C. & Siegford, J., Sep 2019, In : Applied Animal Behaviour Science. 218, 104821.

Research output: Contribution to journalLiterature review

physiological response

Behaviour of isolated piglets before and after tooth clipping, grinding or sham-grinding

Sinclair, A. RL., Tallet, C., Renouard, A., Brunton, P. J., D'Eath, R. B., Sandercock, DA. & Prunier, A., 15 Apr 2019, (Accepted/In press). 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

litters (young animals)

Activities 2018 2019

  • 3 Invited talk

3D Tails and TailTech: developing an early warning system for pig tail biting

Rick D'Eath (Speaker)
7 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

3D technology and animal welfare

Emma Baxter (Invited speaker), Rick D'Eath (Speaker)
10 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

3D Tails / TailTech

Rick D'Eath (Speaker)
28 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk