Bovis ISSN 2398-2993

Restraint techniques

Synonym(s): Halter, nose tong, bull dog clip, ring, crush, sedation, cast, hobble, rope

Contributor(s): Daisy Norgate, Tristan Merlin , Temple Grandin

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Introduction

  • This article describes the various options for restraining cattle and the pros and cons of each technique.
  • Practical things to consider when choosing the optimal bovine restraint technique include which technique will provide the best access to a specific region and what can be performed with the equipment available at that time.
  • Above all, the veterinarian must consider the safety of themselves and all personnel involved whilst remembering that animal welfare should always be their overriding concern.

Head restraint techniques

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Restraint of the whole cow

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Restraint techniques to prevent kicking

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Foot restraint techniques

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Video demonstration

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed Papers

Other sources of information

  • Fubini S L & Ducharme N G (2017) Presurgical Considerations. In: Farm Animal Surgery. 2nd edn. Elsevier. Missouri. pp 33 – 39.


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