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Effect of lairage duration on some blood constituents and beef quality in bulls after long journey

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Author(s): Luigi Liotta | Leonardo Nanni Costa | Biagina Chiofalo | Licia Ravarotto | Vincenzo Chiofalo

Journal: Italian Journal of Animal Science
ISSN 1594-4077

Volume: 6;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 375;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Lairage time | Long transport | Blood parameters | Meat quality.

ABSTRACT
With the aim to contribute to the determination of an adequate resting time for cattle after long transportation, the effects of different lairage times on some haematic parameters and meat quality of bulls subjected to long commercial journeys were investigated. Thirty-nine Limousine bulls supplied by one farm located near to Saragoza (Spain) were examined after 5 consignments at the final destination, following a journey of 2,550 km to the “San Giorgio” abattoir (Palermo, Italy). Transport time was of 53.6±10.9h; lairage duration for bulls of the 1st, 3rd and 5th consignments was of 31h on average (“Short Lairage” group), whereas, for those of the 2nd and 4th consignments, was of 59 and 57h, respectively (“Long Lairage” group). As regards the blood cell counts, data showed a significant effect (P

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