With consumer pressures and legislative policy favoring reductions in antibiotic use, producers and veterinarians need to apply management practices to build immunity and optimize performance. Numerous studies show physical and psychological stress can negatively affect immunity and vaccine response in cattle, and low-stress handling has emerged as a key tool for preventing disease and protecting performance.
The National BQA Program has placed a high priority on animal-handling issues and developed a variety of resources for producers working to improve. Online BQA self-assessment tools are available for cow-calf, stocker and feedlot producers. Find these tools and more at www.BQA.org:
- National BQA Manual
- Cattle Industry Guidelines for the Care and Handling of Cattle, Transportation Quality Assurance Program
- BQA Educational Series modules
- Feedyard Cattle Handling
- “Focal Point” DVDs for Auction Market and Stock Trailers
- Cattle Handling on Cow-Calf Operations
- Facilities Design
Stockmanship and Stewardship Workshops: View agenda and registration information.
- Fort Collins, Colo., Sept. 22–23
- San Louis Obispo, Calif., Sept. 29–30