Resting behaviour of cattle in a slaughterhouse lairage



Title Resting behaviour of cattle in a slaughterhouse lairage
Author(s) M. S. Cockram
Journal British Veterinary Journal
Date 1991
Volume 147
Issue 2
Start page 109
End page 119
Abstract One-hundred and thirty-five groups of cattle were observed in a slaughterhouse lairage. Groups of cattle that arrived direct from farms took longer to lie down and spent less time lying down than those that arrived from markets. In 72 groups, the majority of time was spent with no animals in the group lying down. In only 42 groups was the majority of the time spent with more than 50% of the group lying down. In 97 groups, over 75% of the time in the lairage was spent with no cattle in the group moving. The proportion of time that cattle spent moving and lying down was also affected by the sexual composition of the group and also by group size. In cattle direct from farms, moving behaviour was greater in groups containing cattle with horns than in similar groups that did not contain cattle with horns.

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