Effects of vehicle movements during transport on the stress responses and meat quality of sheep

Ruiz de la Torre, Jose and Velarde, A. and Diestre, A. and Gispert, M. and Hall, Stephen and Broom, Don and Manteca-Vilanova, Xavier (2001) Effects of vehicle movements during transport on the stress responses and meat quality of sheep. Veterinary Record, 148 (8). pp. 227-229. ISSN 0042-4900

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Full text URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/vr.148.8.227

Abstract

2 groups of 26 lambs were transported for 15 h either on smooth highways or on rougher secondary roads. 9 of the animals in each group were monitored for heart rate and the plasma levels of cortisol, creatine kinase and lactate dehydrogenase, befor the journey began, after 4, 8 and 12 h and at slaughter. The pH of the meat was measured 45 min and 24 h postmortem and its colour was assessed 24 h postmortem. The lambs transported on smooth roads had a lower heart rate and lower plasma cortisol concentrations after 8 and 12 h than the lambs transported on rougher roads. 24 h after slaughter the pH of the meat of the lambs transported on smooth roads was lower than that of the lambs transported on rougher roads.

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Additional Information:2 groups of 26 lambs were transported for 15 h either on smooth highways or on rougher secondary roads. 9 of the animals in each group were monitored for heart rate and the plasma levels of cortisol, creatine kinase and lactate dehydrogenase, befor the journey began, after 4, 8 and 12 h and at slaughter. The pH of the meat was measured 45 min and 24 h postmortem and its colour was assessed 24 h postmortem. The lambs transported on smooth roads had a lower heart rate and lower plasma cortisol concentrations after 8 and 12 h than the lambs transported on rougher roads. 24 h after slaughter the pH of the meat of the lambs transported on smooth roads was lower than that of the lambs transported on rougher roads.
Keywords:animal welfare, livestock transport
Subjects:D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D328 Animal Welfare
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
ID Code:5722
Deposited By: Stephen Hall
Deposited On:29 May 2012 05:59
Last Modified:02 Sep 2014 09:21

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