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Table 3 Treatment effects on haematological variables pre and post-transport in control and transported (RT and ULT) animals (n = 20 animals/treatment)

From: The effect of road and sea transport on inflammatory, adrenocortical, metabolic and behavioural responses of weanling heifers

Variable d 0 pre-transport d 2 Arrival in French lairage D 3 post-12 h lairage d 4 arrival in Spain d 6 post-transport d 8 post-transport d 10 post-transport d 34 post-transport
Haemoglobin (Hb) (g/dL)        
Control 13.23 ± 0.17ax 13.15 ± 0.25abx 12.95 ± 0.20abx 12.38 ± 0.26bx 12.34 ± 0.25bx 12.24 ± 0.22bx 11.94 ± 0.26bx 11.46 ± 0.26bx
RT 13.14 ± 0.24ax 12.83 ± 0.25abx 11.91 ± 0.43by 12.05 ± 0.20bx 11.48 ± 0.22by 10.89 ± 0.22by 10.89 ± 0.21by 9.12 ± 0.23by
ULT 13.56 ± 0.32ax 12.49 ± 0.27bx 12.11 ± 0.25bxy 12.27 ± 0.26bx 12.01 ± 0.26bxy 11.41 ± 0.22by 11.37 ± 0.26bxy 9.42 ± 0.21by
Red Blood Cell (RBC) number (×10 6 μL)
Control 10.51 ± 0.18ax 10.38 ± 0.18abx 10.05 ± 0.14bx 9.71 ± 0.16bx 9.74 ± 0.15bx 9.69 ± 0.16bx 9.42 ± 0.19bx 8.83 ± 0.27bx
RT 10.90 ± 0.21axy 11.75 ± 0.22by 10.93 ± 0.41abxy 11.10 ± 0.19aby 10.73 ± 0.24aby 10.31 ± 0.23bxy 10.13 ± 0.22bxy 7.31 ± 0.17by
ULT 11.28 ± 0.35ay 11.31 ± 0.25aby 11.10 ± 0.29aby 11.35 ± 0.28aby 11.01 ± 0.30aby 10.76 ± 0.26by 10.49 ± 0.30by 7.55 ± 0.16by
Mean cell haemoglobin concentration (MCHC) (g/dL)
Control 33.50 ± 0.15ax 33.70 ± 0.12abx 33.80 ± 0.16abx 33.70 ± 0.16abx 33.80 ± 0.14abx 33.50 ± 0.12abx 33.80 ± 0.17abx 34.00 ± 0.18bx
RT 33.50 ± 0.18ay 37.30 ± 0.20by 37.10 ± 0.43by 37.34 ± 0.16by 36.90 ± 0.26by 36.90 ± 0.22by 36.60 ± 0.39by 32.20 ± 0.24by
ULT 33.70 ± 0.12ay 37.30 ± 0.32by 37.80 ± 0.25by 37.20 ± 0.20by 36.80 ± 0.24by 36.80 ± 0.22by 37.00 ± 0.30by 32.50 ± 0.17by
  1. The values are expressed as mean ± s.e. Control = not transported; RT (transported animals that remained on the transporter at the French lairage for 12 h) and ULT animals transported (transported animals that were unloaded at the French lairage for a 12 h rest period) at a stocking density of 0.93 m2 per animal;a,bWithin a row, means not having a common superscript differ significantly (P < 0.05);x,ywithin a column at each sampling time point (day (d)), treatment means differ by P < 0.05. Data were analysed using SAS/STAT (9.1 (SAS Inst. Inc., Cary, NC, USA). The differences between means were tested using the Tukey-Kramer test for multiple comparisons.