February 9, 2016
By Justin Welsh, D.V.M.
Whether you’re hauling a single animal or a pot load of cattle, effective stockmanship practices are critical when loading, transporting and unloading cattle to ensure there isn’t a disruption in the animals’ health, soundness and performance.
A new, comprehensive CreatingConnections™ module covers four critical aspects of transportation: the right people, the right animals, the right trailer and the right environment.
The module features Tom Noffsinger, D.V.M., and Kip Lukasiewicz, D.V.M., both with Production Animal Consultation (PAC), Dan Thomson, D.V.M., Kansas State University, and Paulo Loureiro, D.V.M., Merck Animal Health, all experts on low-stress cattle handling.
The experts walk through the process of how to seamlessly move cattle to the trailer, loading, transporting and unloading them. Along the way, they share techniques for how to reduce animal stress and use good stockmanship and teamwork skills, so the animals have orderly flow and move with confidence.
Effective trailer design and sanitation, shipping preparation, and facility design also are covered. Employing these insights, along with practices learned in this course, will encourage cattle to voluntarily go where the handlers intend, making the transportation process less stressful and safer for both animals and handlers.
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