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Effect of short road journeys on behaviour and some blood variables related to welfare in young bulls

By Simona Cafazzo, Diego Magnani, Pietro Calà, Elisabetta Razzuoli, Gabriele Gerardi, Daniele Bernardini, Massimo Amadori, Leonardo Nanni Costa

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Abstract

Many studies have focused on the transport of cattle to fattening farms or to slaughterhouses but there is little information concerning the transport of young bulls delivered to the genetic test stations for selection. Due to the high expected value of young AI candidate bulls, their transport conditions could be very different from those intended for other cattle categories. The objective of the present study was to examine the effect of transport on behavioural response and on some blood variables of 26 young Holstein bulls (mean weight kg 278±64) before, during and after short journeys (duration

Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 139
Issue 1
Pages 26-34
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
DOI 10.1016/j.applanim.2012.03.009
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  1. Bulls
  2. Genetics
  3. Stress
  4. tests
  5. transportation
  6. welfare