Merck Animal Health this week released the first module in the online CreatingConnections Educational Series on low-stress cattle handling.
The module features industry experts who share unique insights focused on acclimation – specifically how to best help cattle adjust and thrive in a new environment.
"Producers know relocating cattle can cause stress, which can directly impact suppression of the immune system, susceptibility to health challenges and decreased performance. Minimizing that stress is key," says Paulo Loureiro, D.V.M., Merck Animal Health.
The module gathers real-world examples that demonstrate handling techniques that are pivotal to working with cattle successfully, he said. "This video details how to gauge each animal's individual characteristics, as well as identify the influential animals and work with them to establish trust and confidence throughout the herd."
In the first module, Loureiro is joined by Tom Noffsinger, D.V.M., Production Animal Consultation. The team is rounded out with Dan Thomson, D.V.M., Beef Cattle Institute, who facilitates a roundtable discussion about acclimation during the video.
"Through this video, you learn to use strategic angles and consistent positioning and spacing to convince cattle to volunteer to move calmly," Noffsinger said. "Cattle are intuitive animals and can learn to respond to nonverbal cues from handlers, which helps further create trust between the two."
Learn more about the new Merck Animal Health CreatingConnections Educational Series and other available resource materials online.
Source: Merck Animal Health