A project led by researchers from the University of Saskatchewan Western College of Veterinary Medicine is looking into what makes pen checkers successful.
Over the years, efforts have been made to develop systems to automatically detect sick feeder cattle, but feedlots continue to rely on pen checkers.
Some pen checkers are very effective (and have lower re-pull and death rates) while others may require more experience or training to accurately identify truly ill cattle and improve cattle health outcomes.
As part of the project, researchers are asking feedlot workers to complete a short survey. The survey is to identify human and animal factors that have an impact on the identification of respiratory disease in recently weaned feedlot cattle.
This project is supported by University of Saskatchewan Western College of Veterinary Medicine, the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC), and the Government of Saskatchewan.
Do you have any experience working as pen rider in Western Canadian feedlots? We want to learn how you assess bovine respiratory disease.— Diego (@DiegoMoyaSask) April 19, 2022
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