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Effect of driver behaviour on the behaviour of cattle & pigs in transit - AW0936

Description
A training DVD for drivers of livestock vehicles will be produced that demonstrates the relationship between the behaviour of the driver behaviour and driving events during a journey and the behavioural responses of calves, adult cattle and adult pigs to these events. This work would generate knowledge that would assist DEFRA's policy of ensuring that systems for the transportation of animals are consistent with the highest available welfare standards. The welfare of animals in transit may be affected by driving style during the journey. Driving style will have a major influence on the welfare of the animals (e.g. risk of injury), through the accelerations and vibrations caused by braking, cornering and various other driving manoeuvres and the manner of their performance. This study would relate the driver's behaviour and actions with the behavioural response of the animals to the changes in the motion of the vehicle as a response of the actions of the driver. Knowledge and awareness by drivers of the effects of driving style and driving events e.g. rapid braking, on the responses of the animals in the livestock section of the vehicle should result in improved welfare for animals during transport. The output will provide a DVD for driver training that is likely to improve the welfare of animals in transit.
Objective
1. Produce a driver training DVD (that includes footage from AW0930) that shows the relationships between driver behaviour and driving events during a journey and the behavioural responses of calves, adult cattle and adult pigs to these events.
Project Documents
• Final Report - SID5A : Effect of driver behaviour on the behaviour of cattle and pigs in transit   (2745k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2005

To: 2007

Cost: £140,742
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University - Edinburgh
Keywords
Animal Welfare              
Livestock              
Plants and Animals              
Transport              
Fields of Study
Animal Welfare