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Initiative 87

Determining temperature/humidity thresholds for sheep exported from Australia to the Middle East

Australian sheeps and cattle are often exported to overseas markets. The Australian industry is committed to improving these overseas markets to ensure safe animal welfare standards.

What are we doing?

Project Objectives:
To determine the thermal thresholds for Australian sheep in the Middle East in an effort to reduce heat stroke related mortality and to ensure positive welfare outcomes
At what point do sheep start to accumulate heat?
What is their ability to thermo-regulate under conditions to which they are likely to be exposed?
How does high heat load impact on their immune system?


December 2015

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