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Quantification of the response of elk during velvet antler removal

Authors: J.L Thierman, TO. Crowe, J.M. Stookey and B. Valentine
Description: A system was developed to physically measure the escape response of elk during velvet antler removal. This response was to be used as an indirect measure of the pain the animal may have experienced. Two load cells and a triaxial accelerometer were used in conjunction with data acquisition equipment to record the response of animals during different segments of the procedure. The load cells measured the tension in two ropes used to restrain the animal's head, and the accelerometer recorded any motion of the animal's head. Rope tension accurately indicated the elks' responses, but the accelerometer did not provide any additional information. Other potential improvements to the system were also noted.
Citation: J.L Thierman, TO. Crowe, J.M. Stookey and B. Valentine 1999. QUANTIFICATION OF THE RESPONSE OF ELK DURING VELVET ANTLER REMOVAL. Canadian Agricultural Engineering 41(4):233-237.
Volume: 41
Issue: 4
Publisher: Canadian Society for Bioengineering
Date: 1999
Type: Text.Article
Format: PDF
Coverage: Canada
Language 1: en
Rights: Canadian Society for Bioengineering
Located in: Volume 41 (1999)