The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of long-distance road transport as a relevant stressor on total and free iodothyronines, cortisol levels and haematocrit values in 10 male Limousin cattle. Serum T3,T4,fT3,fT4 and cortisol concentrations were analysed by immunoenzymatic assays. Serum cortisol levels and haematocrit modifications were also evaluated on the basis of percentage body weight decrease. The results showed a general increase of total and free iodothyronines and cortisol levels after short-and long-distance road transport and a decrease 15 days after transport, as compared to basal values. Significant positive correlations between T3 and T4, between T3 and fT3, and between T4 and fT4 were found. These results suggest that transport stress induces an increase in the activity of thyroid and adrenal function in Limousin cattle that is evident after even a short-distance road transport and continues to increase after long-distance transport.

Effect of long-distance road transport on thyroid and adrenal function and haematocrit values in Limousin cattle: Influence of body weight decrease

FAZIO, Esterina;MEDICA, Pietro;ALBERGHINA, Daniela;FERLAZZO, Adriana
2005

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of long-distance road transport as a relevant stressor on total and free iodothyronines, cortisol levels and haematocrit values in 10 male Limousin cattle. Serum T3,T4,fT3,fT4 and cortisol concentrations were analysed by immunoenzymatic assays. Serum cortisol levels and haematocrit modifications were also evaluated on the basis of percentage body weight decrease. The results showed a general increase of total and free iodothyronines and cortisol levels after short-and long-distance road transport and a decrease 15 days after transport, as compared to basal values. Significant positive correlations between T3 and T4, between T3 and fT3, and between T4 and fT4 were found. These results suggest that transport stress induces an increase in the activity of thyroid and adrenal function in Limousin cattle that is evident after even a short-distance road transport and continues to increase after long-distance transport.
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