Special Issue "Farm Animal Transport"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2018)
Worldwide about 70 billion farm animals are produced for food with around two thirds farmed intensively. Most of these animals will experience more than one journey, as the stages of production have become more specialised. For example, layer chicks are transported to a rearing facility, then on to a laying farm and finally to slaughter. There is considerable evidence that the stressors associated with handling and transport often negatively affect the health, productivity and welfare of the animals transported. For meat animals transported to slaughter, meat quality may be impaired by stressful conditions experienced during the transportation process. Mortality during transport is common, particularly in poultry, and may be accepted where levels do not have an economic impact, yet this is both an ethical and a sustainability concern.
We invite original research papers that address improved methods for handling farmed animals during loading and unloading, conditions during transit, including vehicle design and on-board monitoring systems, and consequences for animals of being transported in terms of physiology, behaviour and productivity. Additional topics may include the effects of training human handlers and pre-transport conditioning techniques to reduce the impact of transportation.
Dr. Claire A. Weeks
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- Meat quality
- Heat stress