CreatingConnections Provides Training for Cattle Producers

Merck Animal Health’s CreatingConnections™ Training Series was developed to help producers, employees, veterinarians and nutritionists give the best possible care for cattle by providing them with education, information and training. The series includes proven practices and techniques for animal handling that help improve cattle well-being and overall herd health.

CreatingConnections features educational modules on the following topics: 
  • Heat Stress Management – In this newly published module, experts provide important information and management practices that producers can implement immediately to help ensure the well-being of their cattle during periods of high heat. Heat stress can lead to low food intake, which can account for health concerns that lead to poor performance and large death loss with degraded carcasses. This module also discusses the multiple factors that determine heat risk in an environment and explains how temperature, humidity, wind and radiation contribute to the buildup of heat in cattle.  
  • Transportation – Effective stockmanship practices are critical when loading, transporting and unloading cattle -- whether at a cow/calf, backgrounding or feedlot operation -- to ensure there isn't a disruption in the animals' health, soundness and performance. This comprehensive module covers four critical aspects of transportation: the right people, the right animals, the right trailer and the right environment.  
  • Stockmanship at the Feedlot – This module shares the basics of good stockmanship in the feedyard. How cattle are handled at acclimation, processing and in the hospital pen impacts their health, well-being and willingness to work for cattlemen.  
  • Acclimation – When animals are moved, they are very sensitive and receptive to new learning. It’s the cattleman’s job to get animals to rehydrate, nourish, rest and have confidence in their new environment and with the people that work them.
Click here to access the educational modules.