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1209: Continuous monitoring during transport is essential for assessing stress in pigs and sheep

This paper is taken from research by Mitchell MA, Kettlewell PJ, Villarroell M, Farish M and Harper E: “Remote physiological monitoring of livestock: assessment of stress in transit to improve welfare.” delivered at this year’s British Society of Animal Science’s annual conference, held at Queen’s University, Belfast

Year of Publication2011

Transport times of 8 hours at high ambient temperatures of 32ºC do not appear to increase core body temperature in pigs and lambs, probably due to cooling by convection in the moving vehicle, although continuous monitoring is important.

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