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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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VIDEO: Easy Boss E – oral distraction device for safe cattle handling

‘The one-on-one interaction between bovine and man is the focus of Easy Boss E’

That is what the company behind the device which aims to make the “interaction safer, easier, more efficient, stress-free, and compassionate” claim.

“The development of our company focuses on the simple and natural cattle behaviour of chewing.” the company told That’s Farming. 

Distraction cattle handling technique

Dr Don Finlay, a veterinarian with over 40 years of experience, has been developing the tubular stainless-steel device for well over a decade.

The University of Saskatchewan in Canada has researched distraction cattle handling and ‘the effects of an oral distraction on cattle during a painful procedure’ and published in the Canadian Veterinary Journal.

There is scientific proof that oral distraction is a powerful tool for minor procedures, according to the company.

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The distraction cattle handling technique is used in the University of Minnesota, and the University of Wisconsin in the USA as well as the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta in Canada.

Easy Boss E is also used at the Old’s Agricultural College in Alberta Canada in its stock handling courses where they teach processing procedures at their 400-head feedlot.

Don is still finding uses for EBE in the cattle yard or barn. He is receiving “many positive comments” from the farmers who have adopted the distraction technique with their animals.

How does it work?

When the device is correctly in place, the insert is fully within the mouth. The tip is in the oesophagus, and this stimulates the chewing reflex which soothes and distracts the animal.

So much so, that once in a headgate and with EBE inserted, many standard procedures can be carried out with minimal fuss. Examinations, clipping, injections, semen testing, udder issues, AI, pregnancy testing, hoof trimming, freeze branding, ear tagging, horn trimming, drenching, bolus administration, pink eye treatment, calf acceptance issues,  to name a few.

“The EBE is not a tool to replace the analgesias or anaesthetics. However, it will certainly enable the administration of these medications with its distraction capabilities. It can facilitate procedures such as caesareans, abscess evacuations, wound management and the likes, keeping the animal occupied whilst being treated.”

Being of tubular surgical grade stainless steel, the Easy Boss E can also be used in conjunction with the Neogen 70 ml syringe to administer oral medications directly to the cattle’s oesophagus, with no wastage.

In collaboration with a 5 Lt backpack or 20 Lt drum, cattle work can become streamlined and efficient.

Further information

Easy Boss E has a website – and Facebook, Instagram and YouTube channels.

The product is manufactured in Canada, Western Australia, and Northern Ireland. The stainless-steel device is easily cleaned and tough, reusable thousands of times! It is patented in the EU, UK and Canada and patent pending in the USA.

Distributors worldwide including Northern Ireland –

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