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Long distance road transport of farm animals - AW0808

Description
The aim of this project is to provide a sound scientific basis for guidelines and legislation on the long distance road transport of farm animals, with the objective of improving animal welfare by reducing stress in the transport process. The scientific objectives are to develop and validate a model of the thermal environment within transport systems which takes full account of the seasonal variations in the UK (and European) climate; incorporates both natural and forced ventilation, includes species dependant factors and variable transportation parameters such as stocking density, headroom and transport schedule (travel and rest periods). The model and the validation experiments will be used to determine the optimal schedule of travel and rest periods to minimise stress.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Long distance road transport of farm animals   (7085k)
• Executive Summary : Long distance road transport of farm animals   (48k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1997

To: 2002

Cost: £810,545
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Silsoe Research Institute (BBSRC)
Keywords
Animal Welfare              
Livestock              
Plants and Animals              
Transport              
Fields of Study
Animal Welfare