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Mobile abattoir versus conventional slaughterhouse—Impact on stress parameters and meat quality characteristics in Norwegian lambs

By Marit Skog Eriksen, Rune Rødbotten, Ann Margaret Grøndahl, Mari Friestad, Inger Lise Andersen, Cecilie M. Mejdell

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Abstract

The aim of the present study was to investigate possible differences in certain stress parameters and meat quality characteristics between Norwegian lambs slaughtered at a mobile abattoir (at two different localities) versus lambs slaughtered at a conventional, stationary slaughterhouse. Lambs slaughtered at the conventional slaughterhouse had higher serum cortisol levels than lambs slaughtered at a mobile abattoir (P

Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 149
Issue 1
Pages 21-29
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
DOI 10.1016/j.applanim.2013.09.007
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  1. Animal welfare
  2. Lambs
  3. Meat.
  4. slaughter
  5. Stress