A contest that recognizes the best implant crew in the U.S. while underscoring the importance of proper implanting techniques and their impact on cattle performance has a winner.
Merck Animal Health's Rely on Revalor (trenbolone acetate and estradiol) challenge winners are members of Cattle Care Processing of Garden City, Kan.
Crew members Gayle Jackson, Oscar Escobedo, Katie Deal, Clifford Lightcap, Neely Hickman and Avrey Leon received custom hats by Greeley Hat Works for taking the top honor.
"Training and monitoring are paramount to successful implanting. Cattle Care Processing is diligent about this, so it's not surprising their crew had the highest%age of properly placed implants," said John Hutcheson, Ph.D., director of technical services, Merck Animal Health.
"Overall within the industry, we saw 97.6% good implants checked compared to 95.6% in 2013, so we are continually seeing improvement in implant proficiency," Hutcheson said.
Participants in the contest had to record at least 10 implant checks during the contest period. Of the 669 cattle checked at Stampede Feeders, 99.4% were good.
"When crews pay close attention to details and use proper techniques, they typically see a significant improvement in the number of good implants placed," said Dr. Hutcheson. "Missing implants can cost producers up to 90 pounds in carcass weight, so taking the time to use proper procedures and check implants is definitely worth it."
Merck Animal Health plans to host the contest again. To learn more and enroll an implant processing crew, contact your Merck Animal Health representative.
To learn more about proper implanting, watch an instructional video at the Merck Animal Health Responsible Beef website.