Infrared Thermography to Evaluate Heat Tolerance in Different Genetic Groups of Lambs
AbstractHeat stress is considered a limiting factor for sheep production. We used information from physiological characteristics linked to heat tolerance to determine whether infrared thermography temperatures were able to separate groups of animals and determine the most important variables in this differentiation. Forty-eight four-month-old male lambs from eight genetic groups were used. Physiological (rectal temperature–RT, heart rate–HR, respiratory rate–RR) and blood traits, infrared thermography temperatures, heat tolerance indices, body measurements, weight and carcass traits were measured. Statistical analyses included variance, correlations, factor, discrimination and regression. Observing the correlations between physiological characteristics (RT, RR and HR) with temperatures measured by infrared thermography, regions for further studies should include the mean temperature of flank, nose and rump. Results show that there are strong relationships between thermograph measurements and RR, RT and HR in lambs, which are suggested to be directly correlated with heat tolerance capacity of the different genetic groups evaluated in this study. The assessment of body surface temperature measured by the thermograph could be used as a noninvasive tool to assess heat tolerance of the animals. View Full-Text
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McManus, C.; Bianchini, E.; Paim, T.P.; de Lima, F.G.; Neto, J.B.; Castanheira, M.; Esteves, G.I.F.; Cardoso, C.C.; Dalcin, V.C. Infrared Thermography to Evaluate Heat Tolerance in Different Genetic Groups of Lambs. Sensors 2015, 15, 17258-17273.
McManus C, Bianchini E, Paim TP, de Lima FG, Neto JB, Castanheira M, Esteves GIF, Cardoso CC, Dalcin VC. Infrared Thermography to Evaluate Heat Tolerance in Different Genetic Groups of Lambs. Sensors. 2015; 15(7):17258-17273.Chicago/Turabian Style
McManus, Concepta; Bianchini, Eliandra; Paim, Tiago P.; de Lima, Flavia G.; Neto, José B.; Castanheira, Marlos; Esteves, Geisa I.F.; Cardoso, Caio C.; Dalcin, Vanessa C. 2015. "Infrared Thermography to Evaluate Heat Tolerance in Different Genetic Groups of Lambs." Sensors 15, no. 7: 17258-17273.