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Behavioural and physiological responses of sheep to 16 h transport and a novel environment post-transport

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The effect of a novel lairage environment on the ability of sheep to recover from 16 h of transport was investigated. Sheep were transported from grass paddocks to either novel outside paddocks or inside pens, and housed groups were transported to either familiar or novel inside pens. During transport, sheep from outside paddocks lay down less than those from inside pens. In sheep transported to inside pens, those from outside paddocks spent more time lying and spent less time eating; hay and water intakes during the first 12 h post-transport were lower than those previously kept inside. There was no obvious effect of a novel environment post-transport on blood biochemistry, suggesting that the lower post-transport feed and water intakes in a novel environment did not have a significant effect on the ability of the sheep to recover from the feed and water deprivation associated with transport.ID: 1732; LR: 20061115; CI: Copyright 2000; JID: 9706281; 0 (Fatty Acids, Nonesterified); 50-23-7 (Hydrocortisone); ppublishSource type: Electronic(1

Topics: Animals--Behavior, Animal/physiology--Drinking--Eating--Fatty Acids, Nonesterified/blood--Female--Heart Rate--Housing, Animal--Hydrocortisone/blood--Male--Sheep/blood/physiology/psychology--Transportation
Publisher: 'Elsevier BV'
DOI identifier: 10.1053/tvjl.1999.0411
OAI identifier: oai:islandscholar.ca:ir_2626
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