Effects of transport duration on maintenance behavior, heart rate and gastrointestinal tract temperature of market-weight pigs in 2 seasons.

@article{Goumon2013EffectsOT,
  title={Effects of transport duration on maintenance behavior, heart rate and gastrointestinal tract temperature of market-weight pigs in 2 seasons.},
  author={S Goumon and Julie A Brown and Luigi Faucitano and Ren{\'e}e Bergeron and Tina M. Widowski and Trever G. Crowe and M L Connor and Harold W. Gonyou},
  journal={Journal of animal science},
  year={2013},
  volume={91 10},
  pages={4925-35}
}
Welfare and meat quality of market-weight pigs may be negatively affected by transport duration and environmental temperatures, which vary considerably between seasons. This study evaluated the effects of 3 transport durations (6, 12, and 18 h) on the physiology and behavior of pigs in summer and winter in western Canada. Market-weight pigs were transported using a pot-belly trailer at an average loading density of 0.375 m(2)/100 kg. Four replicates of each transport duration were conducted… CONTINUE READING

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