Salivary cortisol as an indicator of stress in sheep (Ovis ovis)

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Recent work has suggested that measuring salivary cortisol may provide a noninvasive measurement of stress-induced changes. A noninvasive collection technique is particularly useful in stress and welfare studies because the technique may not impose additional stress, as would a more invasive technique such as venepuncture. We have developed a method that allows saliva collection from sheep for subsequent cortisol analysis and shows unambiguous stress related changes…

Keywords: Animal welfare; Behaviour; Endocrine; Sheep

Document Type: Regular Paper

Publication date: November 1, 1995

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