Evaluation of an Interactive Workshop Designed to Teach Practical Welfare Techniques to Beef Cattle Caretakers and Decision Makers

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2015-08-01
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Dewell, Grant
Dewell, Reneé
Hanthorn, Christy
Ramirez, Alejandro
Danielson, Jared
Burzette, Rebecca
Coetzee, Johann
Griffin, D. Dee
Ramirez, Alejandro
Dewell, Grant
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Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine
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The purpose of the project was to evaluate the use of an interactive workshop designed to teach novel practical welfare techniques to beef cattle caretakers and decision makers. Following training, respondents reported being more likely to use or recommend use of local anesthesia for dehorning and castration and were more inclined to use meloxicam for pain management. Respondents also reported improvement in performing all skills taught in the workshop. These results suggest instructional techniques used to teach practical concepts/techniques relevant to beef cattle welfare led to improvements in both perceived competency and estimated likelihood that the material will be used.

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This article is from Journal of Extension 53 (2015): 4IAW8. Posted with permission.

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