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Record number 425251
Title Compartment height in cattle transport vehicles
Author(s) Lambooij, E.; Werf, J.T.N. van der; Reimert, H.G.M.; Hindle, V.A.
Source Livestock Science 148 (2012)1-2. - ISSN 1871-1413 - p. 87 - 94.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.livsci.2012.05.014
Department(s) LR - Backoffice
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2012
Keyword(s) animals - road - heifers - welfare - fear
Abstract The objective of this study was to determine the effect of the space between the withers and the compartment ceiling on freedom of movement. The investigation was based on physical, biochemical and behavioural measurements during commercial transports. In total 7 transports were performed with cattle (adult dairy cattle, pregnant heifers and rosé veal calves) using a double deck vehicle with natural or forced ventilation for transportation to a slaughter house or assembly place for further shipment. The ceiling was set at 10, 15 or 20 cm for adult dairy cattle and rosé veal calves and 40 cm for pregnant heifers, above the withers. Adult dairy cattle and rosé veal calves head-butted the ceiling and pregnant heifers did not. Adult cattle move less (P
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