The research in this project will use different (known) genetic strains and slaughter weights and will be carried out in a number of European countries, so that varying climatic conditions can be taken into account. Moreover, common methods of measurements will be agreed upon and expertise of the participating institutions will be coordinated, utilised and disseminated.
The aim of this proposal is to carry out basic and applied studies on the effects of the treatment of slaughter pigs during transport and lairage so that good welfare can be assured and meat quality maximised. Emphasis will also be placed on improving the working environment of personnel handling livestock.
The results will lead to guidelines that can be used throughout the community in relation to quality assurance schemes and legislation and to new pre-competitive design criteria for pig handling and transport systems.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
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