Friday Poster – Adhikari

Feedyard -15: an ongoing project aimed to improve safety and health in the cattle feeding industry

Suraj Adhikari, MS, University of Nebraska Medical Center; Aaron M. Yoder (1), Mike Keenan (2), Athena K. Ramos (3), and Risto Rautiainen (1)   1 Department of Environmental, Agricultural, and Occupational Health College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health   2 Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc.   3 Center for Reducing Health Disparities, Department of Health Promotion, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Presenter is a graduate student at UNMC, currently involved in research on Promoting the Health and Safety of Agriculture Workers, more precisely on Cattle FeedYard worker’s health. Dr. Aaron Yoder is his principal advisor.

Learning objective:
This project is aimed to develop a comprehensive safety training program, which is expected to promote workers health and safety in the cattle feeding industry and an ultimate increase in cattle feedyard sustainability.

Discuss this presentation with the authors on Friday, November 12 from noon – 12:30 on the Zoom Live-stream.


The animal production sector including the cattle feeding industry has been dealing with serious issues related to worker’s health and safety, and there is limited research that has focused on addressing safety issues in the cattle feeding industry. According to 2019 data from BLS, the occupational fatality rate in the beef cattle ranching and farming industries (including feedyards) was 109 per 100,000 workers. This rate was >4 times higher than the overall agriculture sector (23.1/100,000) and 31 times higher than overall industries combined (3.5/100,000). In this study, a comprehensive feedyard safety and health training program including 15 major safety topics have been developed whereby participating feedyards provide training on Feedyard 15 topics to their employees. To support the development of the curriculum, the research team is conducting a review of the literature and available sources related to counts, rates, severity, lost time, cost, and indirect consequences of injury and illness. The number of workers in participating feedyards ranges from 7 to 850, totaling 1537 workers till date, while the feedyard capacity ranges from 6,000 to 390,000. This is an ongoing project and participating feedyards are delivering the curriculum to their teams. The project will evaluate the impact and applicability of training using work compensation sources for directs cost and indirect cost estimations.

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