Merck Whisper on Arrival Pt 2

Merck Whisper on Arrival Pt 2

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
I’m Bob Larson. Keeping your herd healthy is getting easier with some new hi-tech solutions from Merck Animal Health.

Merck Veterinarian, Justin Welsh says their “Whisper On Arrival” system listens to cattle heart and lung functions

at the chute with their souped-up stethoscope …

WELSH … “So, it can tell if an animal has respiratory disease very, very early, but mainly, that is designed as a antibiotic maximizer, if you will, right. The animals that really need it, let’s define them and the ones that don’t, let’s define them.”

In the end, Welsh says “Whisper On Arrival” keeps cattle healthy AND is more efficient …

WELSH … “What we’ve learned from that is we can decrease the antibiotic use anywhere from 15% to 50% on groups of cattle that historically, the best use for antibiotic was is that they got treated as a herd because they’re high-risk. They come in, that group is a high-risk group of animals. Let’s give them all an antibiotic.”

Welsh says it’s kind of a “waste-not, want-not” system …

WELSH … “Well now, with “Whisper On Arrival,” we can look at the individual and say we know, from all the stuff that “Whisper On Arrival” listens to, that most likely this animal doesn’t need the antibiotic to start with, right. And so, it’s kind of counter-intuitive for a drug company that sells antibiotics to do this, right, but at the same time it’s the right thing to do.”

“Whisper On Arrival” calculates each animal’s risk of respiratory disease and provides the user with treatment options.

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