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Minimising stress inducing factors on cattle during handling and transport to improve animal welfare and meat quality

Objective

Adequate scientific data are kicking in cattle transport on stress inducing factors, such as transport times, vibration levels, and air quality. In order to develop standards on the European level a coordinated research is necessary in line with the key action 5.1.1, so that new data and methods for surveillance and reducing stress will become available. Hence cattle welfare and meat quality will be improved, thereby enhancing the economic competitiveness of producers and abattoirs. The project is broken down into eight work packages. In all the work packages, beside other behavioural and physiological parameters, continuous measurement of heart rate, environmental conditions in the pens, and video recording will be made to determine the adhesiveness of various activities to animal welfare. The partners (scientists and abattoir partners from six countries) have long experiences on animal health and welfare, meat quality, dynamic, measurement technology, transport and logistics.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

THE SWEDISH UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
Address
10,Arrheniusplan 2C
750 07 Uppsala
Sweden

Participants (10)

ATRIA OYJ
Finland
Address
Vaasantie 1
60100 Seinajoki
FINNISH MEAT RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Finland
Address
Luukkaantkatu 8
13101 Haemeenlinna
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
Address
Bijzondere Weg 12
3360 Bierbeek
NORWEGIAN MEAT RESEARCH CENTRE
Norway
Address
Loerenveien 37
0513 Oslo
SCHOOL OF VETERINARY MEDICINE, HANNOVER
Germany
Address
Buenteweg 17P
30559 Hannover
SCIENCE AND CONSULTING IN WELFARE FOR FARM ANIMALS
Germany
Address
Scheidestrasse, 11
30625 Hannover
SWEDISH MEATS RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT AB
Sweden
Address
Vaestra Laanggatan 20
244 24 Kaevlinge
UNIVERSIDAD DE ZARAGOZA
Spain
Address
Pedro Cerbuna, 12
50009 Zaragoza
UNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA
Italy
Address
Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna
UNIVERSITY OF LJUBLJANA
Slovenia
Address
Gerbiceva 60
1000 Ljubljana