Effects of alternative bedding substrates on lamb welfare, productive performance, and meat quality during the finishing phase of fattening

Lemos Texeira, Dayane and Miranda de la Lama, G. C. and Villarroel Robinson, Morris and Olleta, J. L. and Garcia Belenguer, Sylvia and Escós, Juan and María, G. A. (2015). Effects of alternative bedding substrates on lamb welfare, productive performance, and meat quality during the finishing phase of fattening. "Journal Vet Behaviour-Clinical Applications Research", v. 10 (n. 2); pp. 171-178. ISSN 1558-7878. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jveb.2014.12.011.

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Title: Effects of alternative bedding substrates on lamb welfare, productive performance, and meat quality during the finishing phase of fattening
Author/s:
  • Lemos Texeira, Dayane
  • Miranda de la Lama, G. C.
  • Villarroel Robinson, Morris
  • Olleta, J. L.
  • Garcia Belenguer, Sylvia
  • Escós, Juan
  • María, G. A.
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Journal Vet Behaviour-Clinical Applications Research
Date: March 2015
ISSN: 1558-7878
Volume: 10
Subjects:
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Agrónomos (UPM) [antigua denominación]
Department: Producción Agraria
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

The study analyzed the effect of using sawdust, cellulose, straw, and rice husk bedding on the welfare, performance and meat quality of lambs during the finishing phase of fattening. Ninety-six lambs (fed ad libitum with concentrate) were assigned to pens containing 1 of 4 bedding materials in groups of 12 for 14 days. Live weight and feed consumption were recorded to estimate daily gain and conversion index, and carcass and meat quality variables were measured. Stereotypies, exploratory interactions with bedding material, and agonistic and affiliative interactions between animals were recorded by continuous sampling techniques using video recording. The substrates affected behavior and stress response variables. There were more stereotypies and agonistic interactions at the beginning of the experiment in all treatments (P ≤ 0.05). The lambs fattened on cellulose bedding interacted more with the substrate throughout the finishing stage (P ≤ 0.05), where there were also more affiliative interactions (P ≤ 0.05). Stress levels were lower in lambs on straw, followed by cellulose. No significant differences in production or carcass and meat quality traits were observed between treatments. The results suggest that all substrates evaluated could be efficiently incorporated into the system as bedding material without affecting productivity or product quality.

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Item ID: 40959
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/40959/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:40959
DOI: 10.1016/j.jveb.2014.12.011
Official URL: http://www.journalvetbehavior.com/article/S1558-7878(15)00006-4/abstract
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 07 Jul 2016 16:53
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2016 16:59
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