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Effect Of Environmental Factors On Stress Indicating Parameters In Cattle At The Abbatoir

Bieber, Anna; Probst, Johanna; Leiber, Florian and Spengler Neff, Anet (2021) Effect Of Environmental Factors On Stress Indicating Parameters In Cattle At The Abbatoir. Paper at: Organic World Congress 2021, Science Forum: 6th ISOFAR Conference co-organised with INRA, FiBL, Agroecology Europe, TP Organics and ITAB, Rennes, France, 8 - 10 September, 2021. [Completed]

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Summary

Farm animals experience various stressful situations, of which slaughter is a particularly sensitive event. Improvement of conditions during slaughter are essential to ensure good animal welfare.We identified potential problem areas through guided interviews with slaughterhouse employees and a situation analysis at a Swiss cattle slaughterhouse. After implementation of improvement measures, data from 503 cattle slaughtered in August 2017 were evaluated with regard to the stress-indicating parameters cortisol content in exsanguination blood and proportion of vocalizing animals compared to data of a former study in 2012.The mean cortisol content (3.50 ug/dl) was uncritical and significantly influenced by the driving person and the day. Whereas the high proportion of vocalizing animals of 19.1% was critical. The behaviour of the driving person was also decisive here.We conclude that employee training is the key to further reducing stress-inducing situations during slaughter.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:beef calves, slaughter stress, animal welfare, slaughterhouse conditions
Subjects: Animal husbandry
Farming Systems
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Animal > Animal welfare & housing > Animal welfare
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Animal > Cattle
International Conferences > 2021: Organic World Congress, Science Forum: 6th ISOFAR Conference co-organised with INRA, FiBL, Agroecology Europe, TP Organics and ITAB > Ecological approaches to systems' health
Deposited By: rey, m. frederic
ID Code:42155
Deposited On:07 Sep 2021 13:12
Last Modified:13 Sep 2021 09:54
Document Language:English
Status:Unpublished
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:A book of abstracts of papers of the Science Forum at the Organic World Congress 2021, September 8-10, Online and on-site in Rennes, France '6th ISOFAR Conference co-organised with INRA, FiBL, Agroecology Europe, TP Organics and ITAB' has been published

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