Merck Whisper on Arrival Pt 1

Merck Whisper on Arrival Pt 1

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

Merck Animal Health Veterinarian, Justin Welsh says one of their big, new technologies is a first-of-its-kind precision tool that predicts which cattle could be suffering from Bovine Respiratory Disease …

WELSH … “One example, I guess, is “Whisper On Arrival,” right. So, “Whisper On Arrival” basically is a stethoscope that we use at the chute. And, it’s a souped-up stethoscope.”

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

WELSH … “The analogy or anthropomorphism I like to use, right, is what happens to you when you go to the doctor and you’re sick? They put a stethoscope on your lungs and they listen, listen to your lungs and heart, right. And if it had been done, you know, on an individual animal basis in the cattle industry, but it’s very unwieldy, right, it’s hard to do.”

So that, Welsh says is where the technology comes into play …

WELSH … “What we’ve done is we’ve developed a technology that has six microphones and it’s an electronic system where it takes, in the chute, when that animal is standing there, it takes readings. It listens, so to speak, and it goes deeper than that from a tech standpoint, but it gives an output that says this animal does or doesn’t need antibiotics right now.”

Tune in tomorrow for more on Merck’s Whisper On Arrival method of keeping your herd healthy.

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