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Handling cattle: transportation

Synonym(s): Transporting cattle

Contributor(s): Lily Edwards-Callaway, Temple Grandin, Faith Baier, Morgan Schaeperkoetter , Paul Wood

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Introduction

  • Low-stress handling improves animal welfare, handler safety, meat quality and producer profit.
  • Understanding how and why cattle move, as they do, is critical for facilitating low-stress handling.

The flight zone and point of balance

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Transporting cattle

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Cattle behavior during loading/unloading

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Handling aids

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Transport preparation

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Transport regulations

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Driver training certification programs and resources

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Conclusion

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed Papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Spoolder H (2017) Materials - Animal transport guides. [online]. Website: animaltransportguides.eu. Last accessed 27th November 2017.
  • OIE (2017) Terrestrial animal health code: transport of animals by land. [online]. Website: www.oie.int. Last accessed 27th November 2017.
  • Grandin T (2017) Recommended animal handling guidelines & audit guide: a
    systematic approach to animal welfare.
    [online] Website: www.animalhandling.org. Last accessed 27th November 2017.
  • Canadian livestock transport (2017) The Canadian livestock transport (CLT) program. [online]. Website: www.livestocktransport.ca. Last accessed 27th November 2017.
  • Beef quality assurance (2017) Master cattle transportation beef. [online]. Website: www.bqa.org. Last accessed 27th November 2018.
  • Grandin T (2017) Behavioral principles of livestock handling. [online]. Website: www.grandin.com. Last accessed 20th February 2018.
  • Elanco animal health (2009) 5-point body condition scoring system guidelines. [online]. Website: www.elanco.us. Last accessed 20th February 2018.

Other sources of information

  • Grandin T (2015) Improving animal welfare: a practical approach. 2nd edn. CABI.
  • Grandin T (2014) Livestock handling and transport: theories and applications. CABI.
  • United States code (2012) Transportation - supplement 3. 1219-1220.
  • Grandin T & Gallo C (2007) Chapter 9: Cattle Transport.


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