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Hair strand can tell cow stress level: CCMB LaCONES research on goshalas


HYDERABAD: If an animal welfare company or government authority wants to find out whether or not an animal rescue home or cowshed or goshala is maintained smartly it's all a hair strand of the animal in that shed is what they need. Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology Laboratory for Conservation of Endangered Species scientists evolved a systematic method to test strain hormone level inspecting the hair strand of cows which can be related welfare indicator.


The study published that high hair cortisol ranges have been related to cow sheds and goshalas that had unhealthy welfare signs. Dung mendacity in the sheds, low dry bulb temperature and shelters having little get admission to to the yards have high-stress hormone Cortisol. The study by way of researchers of Centre for Animal Welfare and Ethics, School of Veterinary Science, The University of Queensland in Australia led by way of Arvind Sharma along side LaCONES scientist Govindhaswamy Umapathy was once printed online on May 16 in Animal Welfare phase of MDPI Journal.


Researchers published that high hair cortisol ranges in cows have been related to injuries on the joints and body, dehydration and old age. The study was once achieved in cow shelters in the Northern States with the collaboration of Himachal Veterinary University. Scientists have achieved the studies Cows in 54 shelters across India in Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh have been assessed for hair cortisol level by way of accumulating in 540 samples from 10 cows in each shelter.


Researchers stated up to now scientists have been using blood and faecal samples for checking out strain hormone ranges in home and animal welfare animals. The benefit with the hair the accumulate moderate ranges of 3 to 4 months of cortisol hormone can be analysed. Hair strand method is extra reliable than blood and dung samples. It can be used to test the stress hormone level both in home and wild animals.


Scientists acquire hair strands from the abdomen and tail of the animal and overwhelm it and extract the collected hormone ranges/ Fecal and blood samples are usually had to preserve. But the hair strand stays intact for years. In the poorly maintained cow shelters, the stress hormone ranges are high. Two different scientists Vinod Kumar and Clive J C Phillips are part of the study. CSIR CCMB institute is led by way of Dr Rakesh Mishra.


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