The efficacy of pulsed ultrahigh current for the stunning of cattle prior to slaughter

Robins, A., Pleiter, H., Latter, M. and Phillips, C.J.C. (2014) The efficacy of pulsed ultrahigh current for the stunning of cattle prior to slaughter. Meat Science, 96 3: 1201-1209. doi:10.1016/j.meatsci.2013.10.030

Author Robins, A.
Pleiter, H.
Latter, M.
Phillips, C.J.C.
Title The efficacy of pulsed ultrahigh current for the stunning of cattle prior to slaughter
Journal name Meat Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0309-1740
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.meatsci.2013.10.030
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 96
Issue 3
Start page 1201
End page 1209
Total pages 9
Place of publication Amsterdam,The Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
Language eng
Subject 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Abstract We present results from the development of a new system of reversible electrical stunning of cattle. A single-pulse ultra-high current (SPUC) was generated from a capacitance discharge current spike of at least 5000. V at 70. A, for approximately 50. ms. Ninety-seven cattle were stunned in three experimental protocols. With improvements made to the design of the stun box and charge delivered, 38 cattle were either stunned and immediately jugulated or monitored for signs of reappearance of brain stem reflexes at which point a concussion stun was administered. This use of the SPUC charge, provided as a biphasic-pulse waveform, resulted in a high level of stunning efficacy, with unconsciousness lasting for up to 4. min. These results were supported by EEG data taken from a subsequent cohort of stunned cattle. The SPUC stun also apparently eliminated post-stun grand mal seizures that can occur following short-acting conventional electrical stun, with its associated negative consequences on operator safety and meat quality.
Keyword Electro-encephalograph
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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