Use of electrolytes to alleviate stress: Desk top study

Project Code:  LIVE.0104B

Year of Published: 2001

The study reviewed the scientific literature and live export industry practices in relation to electrolyte supplementation of sheep and cattle during sea transportation as a result of the previous studies 'Investigation of ventilation efficacy on livestock vessels".

The study reviewed the scientific literature and live export industry practices in relation to electrolyte supplementation of sheep and cattle during sea transportation as a result of the previous studies 'Investigation of ventilation efficacy on livestock vessels". The report identifies sea transport stress factors and considers the benefits of electrolyte supplementation in treating physiological clinical effects of the stress factors. The report recommendations further research is undertaken to determine the benefits and costs of supplementing cattle and sheep and if  cost-effective further investigation should be undertaken to determine any benefit from vitamins, other minerals and amino acid supplementation in electrolyte solutions.

Keywords: Cattle, Sheep, Dairy, On-board/transport, Disease, Transport, Heat stress/Ventilation

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