The objective was to investigate the impact of the TRANSUS box (modularized box) on pig welfare and meat quality. 20 groups of 12 slaughter pigs were tested over 5 days. Pigs were assigned to one of the two transportation treatments: TRANSUS box or conventional lorry. Pigs were loaded into the TRANSUS box at ground level and then the box was lifted by acrane onto the back of the flat deck truck. Total loading and unloading times for TRANSUS box were longer than for the conventional lorry but behaviors recorded during loading and unloading and the transport, skin temperature, total skin lesion scores, blood temperature, carcass, and meat quality were not affected by treatment. The results show that there was no beneficial impact on pig welfare or meat quality of transporting in the TRANSUS box compared to conventional methods. Nevertheless, refinements to the design and in the methods used to load/unload the containers could help to realize the potential for use of containers such as the TRANSUS box in the transportation of pigs to slaughter.
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