Animal Science Department


Date of this Version



24th Range Beef Symposium, Nov. 17-19, 2015, Loveland, Colo.


Copyright 2015 Anne Burkholder.


Why Acclimate?

  • Teach cattle to recognize that the home pen is where they want to be.
  • Teach cattle to walk in straight lines -­‐-­‐ exit the home pen – travel with confidence down the alleyway and into the corral – walk past a handler with some element of trust.
  • Cattle gravitate toward the feed bunk and water tank more quickly; thereby going on feed more smoothly.
  • Enables safer, more effective handler –animal interactions which increases safety at the feed yard.
  • Comfortable Cattle = More efficient feed conversion and higher quality beef.
  • Acclimated cattle are easier to handle and make the daily workload of the crew more enjoyable.