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Br Poult Sci. 1992 Mar;33(1):201-6.

Longer journeys to processing plants are associated with higher mortality in broiler chickens.

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  • 1Department of Meat Animal Science, University of Bristol, England.


1. The number of broilers recorded as dead on arrival (DOA) in 1113 journeys to a poultry processing plant was related to the length of the journeys. The average journey time was 3.3 h and the maximum recorded was 9 h. 2. Overall, 0.194% of 3.2 million birds were DOA. Mortality was higher for journeys which took longer. For journeys lasting less than 4 h the incidence of dead birds was 0.156%; for longer journeys the incidence was 0.283%. 3. There was some evidence that it was time of journey, rather than distance travelled, that was more important in determining mortality.

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