12349 118 Road
Minneola, KS 67865
The single most important factor, which affects animal welfare,
is the attitude of management. A good manager enforces standards
to maintain good welfare. Employees are well trained in the day-to-day
operations to care for animals to minimize their
stress. Reducing stress on livestock during handling will help reduce
sickness and enable cattle to go back on feed more quickly. Reducing
stress during handling will provide advantages of increasing productivity
and maintaining meat quality.
Animal Welfare is a Public Concern! The public is becoming increasingly
concerned about how animals are treated.
to Good Animal Welfare:
Careful, quiet handling of livestock by trained people in good facilities
will reduce bruising and help maintain meat quality.
- Bruises cost the U.S. Beef industry $1.00
per animal on feedlot beef and $3.91 per animal
on cows and bulls. (Colorado State University, l992; l995).
- Improving animal welfare can also improve employee
safety because calm cattle are easier to move or work around.
- Lowering stress improves Meat Quality and Animal Welfare. Gentle
handling in well-designed facilities will minimize stress levels, improve
efficiency and maintain good meat quality.
- Eliminating stress factors helps reduce the numbers of DARK
CUTTERS (DFD). Some factors contributing to dark cutting and
make cattle more susceptible are rough handling. To PREVENT
DFD (dark, firm, dry meat) in cattle handle
animals quietly and eliminate electric prod usage.
- The Animal Ambulance allows the operator to stay on the outside
of the unitů NO interaction with
livestock. INCREASING SAFETY to
both cattle and people!
NO hot shots needed!
This is often an economic advantage. Improving
welfare of the animal during handling and transportation is a "WIN
- WIN" situation!!