Journal article

The Use of Biochemical Measurements to Identify Pre-Slaughter Stress in Pasture Finished Beef Cattle

Kate MW Loudon, Garth Tarr, David W Pethick, Ian J Lean, Rod Polkinghorne, Maddison Mason, Frank R Dunshea, Graham E Gardner, Peter McGilchrist

ANIMALS | MDPI | Published : 2019


This study considered the relationship between pre-slaughter stressors and plasma biomarkers in 488 pasture-raised cattle across two experiments. The design aimed to test groups consisting of steer only, heifer only, and mixed sex cattle under direct kill versus rested (14 days in abattoir holding paddocks) protocols. In Experiment One, cattle were sourced from four farms, and transported by trucks and ships on the same day. In Experiment Two, cattle were sourced from four farms where a comparison was made between marketing via two commercial saleyards or direct farm gate consignment to abattoir. Blood samples were collected at exsanguination for subsequent analyses and relation to meat qual..

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Awarded by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA, Sydney, New South Wales)

Funding Acknowledgements

;This work was supported by the Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA, Sydney, New SouthWales; Project Number L.EQT.1601 and L.EQT.1618. K.M.W.L. is a postgraduate student funded by MLA and Murdoch University.