A comparison of wooden slats and straw bedding on ...

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Title A comparison of wooden slats and straw bedding on the behaviour of sheep
Author(s) G. D. H. Gordon, M. S. Cockram
Journal Animal Welfare
Date 1995
Volume 4
Issue 2
Start page 131
End page 134
Abstract The behaviour of 2 groups of sheep was observed when they were placed in a pen on wooden slats and/or straw bedding for 48 h. When sheep were placed in the pen and not given a choice of slats and straw, the proportion of scans spent standing and lying by one group of sheep were not affected by floor surface, whereas another group lay down more on the straw than on the slats during the first 24 h in the pen. There was more movement when on straw than on slats. When given a choice of either slats or straw for 48 h, the sheep spent more than half of the scans on straw. The study showed that sheep prefered lying down on straw compared to wooden slats. Although straw is recommended as a suitable surface for lying, there was little evidence in this study that slats provide an unsuitable surface for a slaughterhouse lairage pen.

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