One of the keys to raising healthy livestock, is the creation of an effective stress management program. Stress is especially harmful to animals grown for meat, milk or eggs. The word “Stress” in animal production is used to describe the detrimental effects of variety of factors on the health and performance of livestock and is certainly overlooked. Most common indicators of stress observed in animal production are: decreased growth, increased feed conversion rate, decreased egg or milk production, lowered livability and reproductivity, increased susceptibility to diseases and immune suppression.
There are a lot of stressful and challenging events in an animal’s life. These conditions need to be well managed to guarantee a good health and overall performance. Some critical periods during an animal’s lifetime are clearly defined:
If these stressful events are not well managed, it will impact both short term and long-term performances. Milk, poultry meat and egg production will be impaired, not to exclude the negative effect on the immune and gastro-intestinal system.