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  1. Time budgets and adrenocortical activity of cows milked in a robot or a milking parlour: interrelationships and influence of social rank

    Contributor(s):: Lexer, D., Hagen, K., Palme, R., Troxler, J., Waiblinger, S.

    Adrenocortical activity and time budgets in a robotic milking system in two variants of cow traffic (partially forced, free) were compared with a conventional milking system, focusing on the relationships between adrenocortical activity, time budgets, and social rank of the cows. Both groups were...

  2. Travel sickness and meat quality in pigs

    Contributor(s):: Bradshaw, R. H., Randall, J. M., Forsling, M. L., Rodway, R., Goode, J. A., Brown, S. N., Broom, D. M.

    An experiment was conducted to investigate the incidence of travel sickness in pigs, specific hormone concentrations at exsanguination and subsequent meat quality. Fifty, 80-kg slaughter pigs were transported on a lorry for 4.5 h. During the journey, behavioural observations of the individually...

  3. Welfare assessment of captive Asian elephants ( Elephas maximus ) and Indian rhinoceros ( Rhinoceros unicornis ) using salivary cortisol measurement

    Contributor(s):: Menargues, A., Urios, V., Mauri, M.

    The measurement of salivary cortisol allows non-invasive assessment of welfare in captive animals. We utilised this technique to test the effect of zoo opening on six Asian elephants and two Indian rhinoceros at the Terra Natura Zoological Park, Alicante, Spain, during pre-opening, opening and...

  4. Presence of a dog reduces subjective but not physiological stress responses to an analog trauma

    Contributor(s):: Lass-Hennemann, J., Peyk, P., Streb, M., Holz, E., Michael, T.