Farm stress and mental health resources for animal ag industry

· November 1, 2022

Unique stressors hit agriculturalists, and they’ve been known to hit them hard. Among the most dangerous industries in the United States, farming includes long hours, fatigue, financial pressures, weather, and more. As part of a Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture effort, funded by a USDA Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) Grant, several free mental wellness and farm stress resources are now available to the Pennsylvania agriculture community.

Ultraviolet A lighting in barns significantly reduces poultry stress

· May 9, 2018

Adding windows to commercial animal housing may not be the answer to reducing animal stress anymore. It may be in the lighting. Scientists at ONCE, in conjunction with two major U.S. universities, have found that the addition of an Ultraviolet A (UV-A) spectrum into animal housing lighting reduces stress levels by a significant margin. This […]

Merck Animal Health study: Young veterinarians are struggling

· February 12, 2018

Merck Animal Health has tackled the subject of mental illness and stress  in the veterinary profession with a first-of-its-kind study. Conducted in collaboration with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and Merck Animal Health, the study found veterinarians age 45 and younger are more likely to experience serious psychological distress and only 27 percent of […]

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