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January 6, 2016  

Expert leads cattle handling seminar for beef producers

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Indiana beef producers and veterinarians are invited to attend a beef cattle handling seminar sponsored by Purdue University's Integrated Resource Management program.

The seminar will be held 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Marriott Indianapolis East as part of the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association's annual meeting.

Lynn Locatelli, veterinarian and cattle-handling expert, will lead the seminar based on the Cattlexpressions Low-Stress Cattle Handling program.

The workshop focuses on how human interactions with livestock affect animal health, performance and handling. Locatelli will explain how to reduce stress on animals and their handlers.

Sessions and topics:

* "Focus on Facilities:" Facilities design, use, troubleshooting and handling techniques for maneuvering bovines through obstacles.

* "Low-stress Cattle Handling:" Concepts and techniques that prepare people and cattle for success.

* "Facilities Design and Use:" Circle and Bud Box systems for low-stress handling.

* "Consequences of Improper Handling:" How improper handling can cause problems for the animal as well as the handler.

To register for the seminar, call the IVMA at 317-974-0888 or complete the registration form at http://invma.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2015/11/2016-Beef-Cattle-Producers-Registration-form1.pdf and mail it to the IVMA office at 201 S. Capitol Ave., Suite 405, Indianapolis, 46225.

Registration is $40 per person and due by Jan. 23. Discounts are available for multiple individuals attending from the same farm. 

Writer: Emma Hopkins, 765-494-8415, hopkine@purdue.edu 

Source: Mark Hilton, 765-494-8549, hiltonw@purdue.edu 

Agricultural Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Keith Robinson, robins89@purdue.edu
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