Effects of road transport on yearling lambs up to 19 hours

Sarıözkan S. , Cevger Y., Aral Y.

ANKARA UNIVERSITESI VETERINER FAKULTESI DERGISI, vol.56, pp.215-218, 2009 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 56
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Page Numbers: pp.215-218


This study was performed to determine the weight losses, subsequent recovery rate and transportation costs of yearling lambs transported for 3, 6, 9 and 19 hours. In this research, total 63 shorn. male, yearling Akkaraman lambs were weighed to equal the initial live weights and assigned into 4 groups, namely group I (transported 3 hours), group II (transported 6 hours),group III (transported 9 hours+1 hour resting+9 hours) and control group (untransported). Transported lambs were loaded oil the lorry at a density of 0.35 m(2)/head while the control group (untransported) was kept at the same density oil the farm. The lambs transported for 3, 6 and 9 hours lost more live weight than the lambs in control group (P < 0.05). Compared to control group. significant increases were determined in the percentage of the live weight losses in transported lambs with the increasing journey duration. The cost due to net weight loss for 9 hours transportation was higher than the other groups. Consequently, although point of animal welfare view, transportation of slaughtering animals should be for short time, if marketing conditions entail long time transportation, lambs should be rested for feeding and watering during transportation for rapid recovery rate and reducing the cost of net weight losses.