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Handling practice changes before and later slaughter to reduce the presence of DFD meat in beef

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Author(s): Cristina Pérez-Linares

Journal: Nacameh
ISSN 2007-0373

Volume: 5;
Issue: Suplement;
Start page: S59;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Slaughter | Handling | Animal welfare

ABSTRACT
In the production chain, animals are exposed to a series of factors and commercial practices that result in stress. These factors are mainly climatic variations, transport, handling, pre-slaughter waiting, stunning and slaughter. Any negative effect is in function of the type, duration and intensity of the stressing factors before slaughter and the individual susceptibility of animals. These pre-slaughter adverse effects have impact not only on animal welfare, but they also have clear repercussion in meat quality and economic profit of livestock producers. The presence of DFD meat is an issue that affects the quality and economic aspects and this can be minimized through giving major importance to animal welfare, implying changes in animal handling before slaughter. Personal involved in animal handling must be capacitated besides preventive maintenance to equipment in order to improve production.
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