Stress Free Stockmanship

All around the world researchers are working on the scientific basis that proves the links between the mental stresses that stock face and their production.

Studies have found that whatever the beliefs that people handling stock hold- those beliefs translate straight into their handling skills.

These handling skills, in turn, determine whether animals will be stressed when the handler works with them.

If animals are stressed then they reproduce at lower rates, grow slower and get sick more often.

 

 

 

 
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It is widely recognised that stress can have a big influence on meat quality…

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…they were less stressed and grew faster…

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The calm animals were seen to eat up to 75% more often and this translated to a 53% difference in weight gain per head per day - meaning calm animals can put on half as much weight again as the nervous cattle.

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…the calm animals were never sick compared to the nervous animals, 40% of which succumbed to illness at some stage.

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Animals are  very much individuals which means we can't generalise about breeds when it comes to coping with stress.

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…feedlots can end up achieving production gains…

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Stress in livestock can lower productivity and possibly increase the risk of contamination from Salmonella and other bacterial pathogens.

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…a correlation of immune and neurological changes with anxiety measures…

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…now well recognised that stress predisposes livestock to be more susceptible to disease…

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…that exposure of a pregnant animal to stress during gestation can result in her offspring being more reactive to stressors in maturity.

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High levels of stress can severely compromise the immune system and is the single most important factor in determining whether animals get sick or not.

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BRD results from a combination of stress and infectious agents is the most common cause of illness and death in Australian feedlot cattle.

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…yard weaned calves grew 60% faster in the first month on feed…

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Where sows appear to be fearful of humans, reproductive performance was depressed.

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…we can account for about 20% of the variations in reproductive performance in terms of the fear response.

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The behaviour of the stock person towards the animal is the main factor regulating the fear responses…

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They also showed better resource utilisation (growth per unit of feed) and better resistance to adult stress.

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Low stress levels often act in a cumulative fashion creating significant loss.

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A stressed animal needs to consume far more resources to grow to a comparable level of a non stressed counterpart.

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…handling studies have shown that a high fear of humans results in a chronic stress response with adverse effects on growth and reproduction…

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…found that attitudes of stockpeople toward interacting with their animals were correlated with the behaviour of the stockpeople, which in turn , was found to be correlated with fear of humans by the farm animals…

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Significant negative correlations, based on farm averages have been found between fear of humans and the productivity of broiler chickens, dairy cows, laying hens and pigs.

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The response of livestock to stressors can lead to reduced disease resistance, due to immunosuppression, and reduced growth, due to altered priorities for utilisation of nutrients.

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…cattle that are less reactive to milking produce more milk of better quality…

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Merino ewes of calm temperament can provide better quality milk…

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Poor mustering or handling during yarding and transport loading dramatically increases the rate of glycogen loss.

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When this occurs (glycogen depletion) it will take a minimum of five days on good nutrition before these energy stores start to be replenished.

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The rate of pH decline varies with the pre-slaughter state of the animal.

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Minimising stress and ensuring animals have enough energy reserves will assist in achieving an ideal pH-temperature decline.

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…sheep have excellent spatial memory abilities…

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It's actually well known that if you place an animal in an optimal environment then it grows better, it reproduces better and the quality of the wool or the meat or the milk from it is also better.

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…identified stress as a major cause of glycogen depletion, the muscle sugars that contribute to eating quality.

 
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