How labor shortages are advancing animal health in cattle farming country

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How labor shortages are advancing animal health in cattle farming country

A global leader in livestock nutrition says labor shortages are helping advance technology in livestock country.

Brandon Nuttelman of Merck Animal Health says products such as implants, ear tags and sensors are able to detect disease earlier, allowing producers to do more with less, “These technologies help people continue to care of their animals, to treat them, if necessary, without having as many people working since there are not as many people available to work.

He explains to Brownfield that this has created additional demand in the market: “We currently have these early adopters using these technologies and the initial cost always saves them money because they don’t need additional people to get the same results.

But, says Nuttleman, there’s a technology gap for some growers who doubt it’ll work, “As we’re starting to work with them and figure out how it can work with their operations, there’s a lot of interest in it, and people are really excited because the labor pool is not growing.

Nuttleman spoke with Brownfield at the 2022 Stocker/Yearling Summer Reunion in Imperial, NE hosted by the University of Nebraska Extension.

Boyd S. Abbott