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

Contract nr: QLK5-CT-1999-01507
Project type: RS (Research and Technological Development Project)
Starting date: 01-02-2000
Duration: 36 months
Total cost: 2,324,226 EUR
EC Contribution: 1,800,000 EUR
Scientific Officer: Lucia PENA ALBERDI
Research topic: 5.1.1. Sustainable agriculture/Animal Systems

Abstract:
Adequate scientific data are lacking in cattle transport on stress-inducing factors, such as transport times, vibration levels, and air quality. In order to develop standards at 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 these 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 adversity of various activities to animal welfare. The partners (scientists and abattoir partners from six countries) have broad experience on animal health and welfare, meat quality, dynamic, measurement technology, transport and logistics.

Objectives:
The purpose of the project is to gather sufficient data and to develop methods for controlling and minimising stress-inducing factors during handling and transport of cattle; to develop guidelines and recommendations for end-users, such as the meat and vehicle industries and policy makers, and to improve animal welfare and meat quality on European level. This can be fulfilled through optimisation of design of handling areas, transport vehicles, and associated transport conditions, and by promoting an IT-supported effective logistic system. Emphasis will be given to vibration, transport time, air quality, and development of a surveillance system for the environment in the box and driving performance, which also collect and store data.


Coordinator
Girma GEBRESENBET
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Uppsala
SWEDEN
Tel.: +46 18 671901
Fax: +46 18 673529
E-mail: Girma.Gebresenbet@lt.slu.se


Partners
  Elina RINTASALO
ATRIA Meat industry
Seinaejoki
FINLAND
Tel.: +358 6 41 68 111
Fax: +358 6 41 68 232
E-mail: elina.rintasalo@itikka.fi
  Hans SCHWENCKE
Norwegian Meat Research Centre
Oslo
NORWAY
Tel.: +47 22092300
Fax: +47 22220016
E-mail: hans.schwencke@fagkjott.no
  Lars SVENSSON
Swedish Meats, Research & Development
Kävlinge
SWEDEN
Tel.: +46 46 722430
Fax: +46 46 736137
E-mail: Lars.Svensson@smrd.com
  Jörg HARTUNG
Hannover School of Veterinary Science - Institute for Animal Hygiene and Animal Welfare
Hanover
GERMANY
Tel.: +49 4151 7017
Fax: +49 4151 894046
E-mail: ittbuero@itt.tiho-hannover.de
  Michael MARAHRENS
Beratung und Forschung für den Tierschutz in der Nutztierhaltung
Burgwedel via Hannover
GERMANY
Tel.: +49 1888 412 2280
Fax: +49 1888 412 2958
E-mail: Mimara@stud.tiho-hannover.de
  Rony GEERS
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven - Lab. for Quality Care in Animal Production
Lovenjoel
BELGIUM
Tel.: +32 16 46 81 30
Fax: +32 16 46 81 58
E-mail: Rony.Geers@agr.kuleuven.ac.be
  Marko AMON
University of Ljubljana - Institute for environment and animal hygiene
Ljubljana
SLOVENIA
Tel.: +386 61 1779100
Fax: +386 61 332243
E-mail: dobeicma@mail.vf.uni-lj.si
  Markku HANKAVAARA
Finnish Meat Research Institute
Hämeenlinna
FINLAND
Tel.: +358 3 57 05 342
Fax: +358 3 57 05 329
E-mail: markku.honkavaara@ltk.htk.fi
  Gustavo A. MARIA LEVRINO
Universidad de Zaragoz -Facultad de Veterinaria
Zaragoza
SPAIN
Tel.: +34 976 762490
Fax: +34 976 761612
E-mail: levrino@posta.unizar.es
  Leonardo NANNI COSTA
Università di Bologna - Dipartimento di Protezione e Valorizzazione Agroalimentare
Reggio Emilia
ITALY
Tel.: +39 0522290515
Fax: +39 0522290523
E-mail: nannicosta@stpa.unibo.it