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Author (up) Losada-Espinosa, N.; Villarroel, M.; Maria, G.A.; Miranda-de la Lama, G.C. url  doi
  Title Pre-slaughter cattle welfare indicators for use in commercial abattoirs with voluntary monitoring systems: A systematic review Type Journal Article
  Year 2018 Publication Meat Science Abbreviated Journal Meat Sci  
  Volume 138 Issue Pages 34-48  
  Keywords Abattoir Cattle; Meat quality; Pre-slaughter stress; Voluntary monitoring systems  
  Abstract Animal welfare has become an important subject of public, economic and political concern, leading to the need to validate indicators that are feasible to use at abattoirs. A systematic review was carried out, which identified 72 cattle welfare indicators (CWI) that were classified into four categories (physiological, morphometric, behavioral and meat quality). Their validity and feasibility for use in abattoirs were evaluated as potential measures of cattle welfare during transportation to the abattoir and at the abattoir itself. Several highly valid indicators were identified that are useful to assess welfare at abattoirs, including body condition score, human-animal interactions, vocalizations, falling, carcass bruising, and meat pH. In addition, some intermediate valid indicators are useful and should be investigated further. Information along the food chain could be used systematically to provide a basis for a more-risk-based meat inspection. An integrated system based on the use of key indicators defined for each inspection step with the setting of alarm thresholds could be implemented.  
  Address Graduate Program in Sciences of Animal Health and Production, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, National Autonomous University of Mexico, UNAM, Mexico. Department of Animal Science, E.T.S.I.A. Polytechnic University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain. Department of Animal Production & Food Science, AgriFood Institute of Aragon (IA2), University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain. Department of Food Science, Metropolitan Autonomous University, UAM, Lerma, State of Mexico, Mexico. Electronic address:  
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  Language English Summary Language Original Title  
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  Series Volume Series Issue Edition 2018/01/02  
  ISSN 1873-4138 (Electronic) 0309-1740 (Linking) ISBN Medium  
  Area Expedition Conference  
  Notes PubMed, ScienceDirect, Scopus and Scielo searched Approved yes  
  Call Number UoN @ rachel.dean @ 1469 Serial 2924  
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