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Study questions rest stop need

Source: Barb Glen, Producer.com, January 2, 2020

GATINEAU, Que. — Rest stops provided to calves amid 12-hour and 36-hour transport did not reduce fatigue, dehydration, stress or immune status, according to study results.

Although two more years of study will provide more information on whether rest periods benefit cattle in transport, early results call into question the requirement for rest stops in long-haul travel that are mandated in Canada’s new livestock transportation rules that are scheduled to go into effect Feb. 20.

The study, conducted by Agriculture Canada researchers in Lethbridge, took numerous physiological measurements of calves that were shipped after they had a short post-weaning conditioning period in feedlot conditions.

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