Farm Weekly reports that The Livestock Collective, RETWA and KLTT are planning to release the results of a scientific study on the heat stress experienced by 100 sheep that were onboard the Al Kuwait for the controversial June/July 2020 voyage to Kuwait.
So....its worth thinking about study design:
1) to be published it will need Animal Ethics Approval (has it got AEC approval?)
2) study design - are 100 sheep representative of 35000 and are they even representative of all classes of sheep and all pen locations
3) why run a study on a highly atypical voyage:
- 38% less sheep than routine
- unusually swift voyage
- only one port stop
- sheep <50kg
- prolonged pre-export feedlot (which we know improves the condition of sheep loaded...thus why we asked for more time in our ASEL suggestions)....etc etc.
The industry is keen to remove outliers when considering mortalities BUT now, it seems they are happy to base science on an absolute outlier. Ho hum.....twisting science to suit themselves as usual?
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