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Cattle Prepare for Simulated Heatwave for Study Into Welfare, Performance

19 January 2017

AUSTRALIA - Radio transmitters have been inserted into the stomachs of 24 feedlot cattle to monitor their body temperatures, as part of a three-month trial investigating the impact of heatwaves.

The animals will spend 60 days in the feedlot before being put into climate-controlled rooms at the University of Queensland's (UQ) Gatton campus, which will mimic a heatwave event.

The study is aimed at improving the welfare and performance of the animals, with the findings to be presented back to the feedlot industry.

UQ's School of Agriculture and Food Sciences's Associate Professor John Gaughan said the cows would be constantly monitored.

"It'll be a five to 10 day event so we will be challenging the animals," he said.

Source: ABC

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