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Animal transport and welfare with special emphasis on transport time and vibration

Aradom, Samuel (2013). Animal transport and welfare with special emphasis on transport time and vibration. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Uppsala : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2013:98
ISBN 978-91-576-7934-5
eISBN 978-91-576-7935-2
[Doctoral thesis]

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Farm animals are transported several times during their lifetime and often long distances, and most of them are to slaughter. During transport they are exposed to a number of stress inducing factors. The main objective of the thesis work was to study the welfare of pigs, cows and bulls during transport from farm to abattoir. Parameters such as cortisol, glucose, lactate, creatine kinease, behaviour, carcass pH, temperature, relative humidity, THI and vibration were used to evaluate welfare of the animals. Transport-related activities such as loading, transport, stopping, queuing, unloading and waiting at lairage and their durations were also monitored. Moreover locations of collection points and trucks routes were registered. During the experiments, GPS, temperature-relative humidity and vibration sensors and video camera were mounted on animals transport vehicles. The vehicles had natural ventilation and air suspension systems. Blood parameters and their correlation with transport time were evaluated. Cortisol concentration was negatively correlated in pigs, cows and bulls except for bulls at 12 h during summer. Correlation of lactate was strong and of glucose weak in pigs and cows. In bulls there were strong glucose (summer) and weak lactate correlations. Change in creatine kinease concentration in cows, bulls and pigs were positively correlated. However it increased at earlier transport time in cattle than in pigs. Animals behaviour such as lying, travel sickness (pigs), swaying and loss of balance (cattle) were strongly correlated with transport time. Transport of cattle on gravel road at 70 km h-1 induced highest vibration level, 2.27 m s-2. Above 85% of the pigs in the third floor preferred lying in travel direction due to higher lateral acceleration. Pigs were exposed to heat and cattle to cold stress. Queuing at abattoir occurred in around 20 % of the deliveries. Queuing time at the abattoir varied between 7 and 98, with an average of 23.7 minutes. Potential savings for routes was up to 23%, therefore reducing negative impact on animal welfare and consequently on meat quality and environment. Pigs in the third floor were exposed to higher lateral acceleration. Based on behaviours and stress hormones, it could be concluded that on cattle an increase from 4 to 8 h and on pigs from 8 to 12 h transport time had higher effect on welfare. To reduce impact of vibration transporters have to adapt speed of vehicle to road and animals conditions.

Authors/Creators:Aradom, Samuel
Title:Animal transport and welfare with special emphasis on transport time and vibration
Series Name/Journal:Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae
Year of publishing :20 December 2013
Number of Pages:109
I.Ljungberg, D., Gebresenbet, G. and Aradom, S. (2007). Logistics Chain of Animal Transport and Abattoir Operations. Biosystems Engineering 96(2), 267–277.
II.Gebresenbet, G., Aradom, S. Bulitta, F. S. and. Hjerpe, E. (2011). Vibration levels and frequencies on vehicle and animals during transport. Biosystem Engineering 110(1), 10-19.
III.Aradom, S. and Gebresenbet, G. (2013). Vibration on Animal Transport Vehicles and Related Animal Behaviours with Special Focus on Pigs. Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology A (3), 231-245.
IV.Aradom, S. Gebresenbet, G. Bulitta, F. S., Bobobee, E.Y.and Adam. M. (2012). Effect of Transport Times on Welfare of Pigs. Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology A (2), 544-562.
V.Bulitta, F. S., Aradom, S. and Gebresenbet G. (2013). Effect of Transport Times of up to 12 Hours on Welfare of Cows and Bulls (publishing in progress).
Place of Publication:Uppsala
Publisher:Dept. of Energy and Technology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Associated Programs and Other Stakeholders:SLU - Research Areas for the Future > Future Animal Health and Welfare (until Jan 2017)
ISBN for printed version:978-91-576-7934-5
ISBN for electronic version:978-91-576-7935-2
Publication Type:Doctoral thesis
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:L Animal production > L01 Animal husbandry
L Animal production > L70 Veterinary science and hygiene - General aspects
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 402 Animal and Dairy Science > Animal and Dairy Science.
Agrovoc terms:live animal transport, time, vibration, cows, bulls, swine, animal behaviour, stress, hormones, animal welfare, logistics, optimization methods, vehicle performance, abattoirs
Keywords:stress hormones, behaviour, optimisation, animal welfare, vibration
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ID Code:10963
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Energy and Technology
Deposited By: Samuel Samuel Aradom
Deposited On:07 Jan 2014 11:40
Metadata Last Modified:14 Dec 2014 00:25

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