New Educational Training Tool Available for Locomotion Scoring and Beef Lameness Management
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., Feb. 2, 2015 – Zinpro Corporation recently announced the launch of its Step-Up™ App, a new educational training resource for the beef cattle industry. Developed by Zinpro Corporation, in conjunction with the Beef Cattle Institute and Kansas State University, the Step-Up Management Program provides a systematic approach to identify and manage beef cattle lameness.
Now available for tablet devices through iTunes and Google Play, the Step-Up App provides convenient access to a wealth of educational information available from the Step-Up Lameness Management Program, including:
- Locomotion scoring videos – learn to locomotion score growing and finishing feedlot cattle
- Diagnostic guide (new!) – introducing an industry-first tool that provides a systematic, easy-to-use approach for proper identification and management of the most common causes of lameness in beef cattle
- Nutrition overview – learn more about the essential role that trace mineral nutrition plays in decreasing cattle lameness
- Resources – convenient access to additional training materials
“Since its inception more than a year ago, the Step-Up Management Program has helped to elevate the importance of beef cattle lameness management within the industry,” said Connie Larson, Ph.D., Ruminant RNS Manager – North America, Zinpro Corporation. “With the launch of our new Step-Up App, we’re making it more convenient to access locomotion scoring training videos, while also introducing a new diagnostic guide to help identify the underlying causes of lameness in beef cattle.”
The focus of Step-Up is on education, especially in areas where lameness is not commonly considered to be prevalent. It provides resource materials focused on lameness scoring and lesion identification, as well as industry-leading lameness prevention, management and treatment protocols.
“I think that over the next five years we will see a decrease in lameness because of the Step-Up program,” said Dan Thomson, D.V.M., and Director of the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University. “That’s better for the animals and comes back as money in the pocketbook of ranchers and farmers.”
To learn more about locomotion scoring beef cattle, contact your Zinpro representative and visit the Step-Up video library on zinpro.com. Educational posters for beef cattle locomotion scoring and lesion identification are available for request from Zinpro Corporation.