How does human behaviour and interaction in the pig barn influence an animal’s motivation and emotional state? The pig-human interaction paradigm, also known as the human approach test, was designed to find out.
Understanding the interaction between pigs and humans is critical as human-pig interactions are intimately related to swine welfare. Evaluating these interactions is especially important when conducting on-farm welfare assessments that may in turn affect market accessibil- ity. Human-pig interaction measurements provide a means to capture previous and on-going experiences between the pig and the caretaker.