Gentle handling in well-designed facilities will minimize stress levels, improve efficiency and maintain good meat quality. Rough handling or poorly designed equipment is detrimental to both animal welfare and meat quality. Progressive slaughter plant managers recognize the importance of good handling practices. Constant management supervision is required to maintain high humane standards.
Every extra handling procedure causes increased stress and bruising. Elimination of unnecessary procedures at the slaughter plant will also reduce stress.
There have been numerous research studies on stunning methods, but until recently, stress and discomfort during a lairage and movement of the animals to the stunning point was neglected. How to reduce slaughter stress on:
Feedlot cattle with excitable
temperaments have tougher meat and a higher incidence of dark colored
Journal of Animal Science, (1997) volume 75: 892-896
Bos Indicus-Cross feedlot cattle with excitable temperaments have tougher meat and a higher incidence of borderline dark cutters (1997) Meat Science, Volume 46:4, 367-377
Bruise levels on fed and non-fed
Proceedings Livestock Conservation Institute (1995) pages 193-201
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Methods to reduce PSE and
Allen D. Leman Swine Conference Volume 21 (1994) pages 206-209
College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota
"Bruises on southwestern feedlot
Journal of Animal Science,volume 53 Supplement 1 (1981) page 213.
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