Effects of an allostatic modulator on the behavior and blood indicators of young bulls after transport

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María Salud Rubio Lozano
Rubén Danilo Méndez Medina
Karla Reyes Mayorga
María Elena Rubio García
Tania Manu Ngapo
Karen F. Mancera
Francisco Aurelio Galindo Maldonado


Veterinaria México OA
ISSN: 2448-6760

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  • Rubio Lozano MS, Méndez Medina RD, Reyes Mayorga K, Rubio García ME, Ngapo TM, Mancera KF, Galindo Maldonado FA. Effects of an allostatic modulator on the behavior and blood indicators of young bulls after transport. Veterinaria México OA. 2018;5(4). doi:10.22201/fmvz.24486760e.2018.4.539

An allostatic modulator (AM) composed of ascorbic acid, acetylsalicylic acid, sodium chloride and potassium chloride was dissolved in the drinking water of three groups of young bulls (n = 7) and administered to them for 7 d after 20.42 h of transport (Control (C) = 0 g/head/d, G2 = 30 g/head/d, G3 = 60 g/head/d). The effects of the AM on behavior and blood cellular and biochemical components were measured. G3 animals spent less time lying and more time standing than C animals (P = 0.001 and P = 0.02, respectively), indicating less fatigue. G3 bulls presented a lower frequency of agonistic interactions than those in the G2 group (P = 0.001), suggesting a possible effect on aggression that warrants further evaluation. The AM affected creatinine kinase (CK) activity in the G2 group compared to the C group (P = 0.04), suggesting an effect of AM components that has not been previously reported. Cortisol levels remained unaffected by AM supplementation (P = 0.55). These preliminary findings suggest an effect of supplementing cattle with an AM after long-haul transport.

Keywords: allostasis, animal behaviour, blood stress indicators, beef

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