July 30, 2013
250 Beef Producers Attend Stockmanship Training Sponsored by Summit Livestock Facilities
Stockmanship directly affects animal health. You probably know that vaccines don't always work; especially when cattle are stressed.
According to Dr. Tom Noffsinger DVM and partner in Production Animal Consultation the death rate of cattle treated for lung and other diseases varies widely on the feedlots he sees from .6% to 38%.
This means that on some feedlots nearly 40 out of 100 cattle treated for a disease die. While on others that rate is less than one (1) in 100. And the difference (he says) is cattle environment and stockmanship. According to Noffsinger the efficacy of vaccines is also a function of stockmanship. When cattle are stressed they can hide lameness and disease. When you cannot observe a cattle health issue you don’t treat it and the result may be poor cattle performance or death.
At Summit we are all about facilitating cattle care and excellence in stockmanship. Our facilities are designed for it and our engagement in the beef industry promotes it.
That’s why we sponsored a full week of stockmanship training during which nearly 250 cattle producers attended the five low-stress cattle handling events.
The events were conducted at four locations in Iowa and one in Illinois. During these meetings attendees were first informed about the principles of good stockmanship in a classroom environment. This was followed by live cattle-working demonstrations featuring Dr. Kip Lukasiewicz and Dr. Tom Noffsinger (both are DVMs and partners in Production Animal Consultation).
During the meetings Summit Livestock Facilities provided new printed materials on low-stress cattle handing including and new chute-side guide (brochure) and a wall poster suitable to your cattle working area.
For more information or to obtain a copy of these materials click here.