The results indicated no significant relationships between the compartment of the vehicle, or whether the cattle rode on the top or bottom deck, and the probability of initial treatment or mortality. The researchers, however, did find that cattle that rode in the middle section of the truck had a higher probability of being treated at least once compared with cattle in the most forward sections. Calves in the rear compartments had lower average daily gain from arrival to reweigh compared with cattle that rode in the middle or forward sections.
The researchers concluded that this project did demonstrate some associations between calf health and where they ride in a transport vehicle; however, more research should be done to better characterize these relationships. For more, click here.