Merck Whisper on Arrival Pt 1


Merck Whisper on Arrival Pt 1

I am Bob Larson. Technology is changing everything agriculture does, even the livestock industry, especially when it comes to keeping your livestock healthy.

Merck Animal Health veterinarian Justin Welsh says one of their important new technologies is a one-of-a-kind precision tool that predicts which cattle could suffer from bovine respiratory disease…

WELSH … “An example, I guess, is ‘Whisper On Arrival’, right. So ‘Whisper On Arrival’ is basically a stethoscope that we use at the chute. And it’s an inflated stethoscope.

Similar to what WE see at the doctor’s office, but not the same…

WELSH… “The analogy or anthropomorphism that I like to use, isn’t it, is what happens to you when you go to the doctor and you’re sick? They put a stethoscope over your lungs and they listen, listen to your lungs and your heart, okay. And if it had been done, you know, on an individual animal basis in the beef industry, but it’s very complicated, it’s true, it’s hard to do.

So this, according to Welsh, is where the technology comes in…

WELSH… “What we’ve done is we’ve developed technology that has six microphones and it’s an electronic system where it takes, in the fall, when that animal is standing there, it takes readings. He’s listening, so to speak, and he’s technically going further than that, but he’s giving an output that says this animal does or doesn’t need antibiotics right now.

Tune in tomorrow to learn more about Merck’s Whisper On Arrival method of keeping your herd healthy.

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