Heat stress in feedyard cattle is inevitable, but there are certain steps producers can take to minimize the severity of the stress on the animal. This includes knowing what to look for in the weather forecast, initiating preventive measures and recognizing the early signs of heat stress.
Acclimation is a low-stress handling practice that focuses on relocating cattle or reducing stress during a change of location. Cattlemen can use handler position, working distance, angles, and “stimulus-release” movement to create voluntary cattle motion as a herd.
U.S. cattle feeders have drastically improved feedyard management methods during the past decade. However, there still are a few steps that may help cattle feeders enhance their current management methods even further. With the goal of higher gains, the following steps will help cattle feeders produce more quality beef while using fewer resources.
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Cattle love routine. When finished cattle are loaded it breaks up the animals’ routine, which can be confusing and a source of stress. However, if handled properly – with attention, focus and respect – loading finished cattle can be a low-stress process at the feedyard, alleviating unnecessary stress to the animals and allowing producers to move cattle more efficiently.