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Handling cattle: overview

Contributor(s): Miriam Martin, Lily Edwards-Callaway, Temple Grandin , Paul Wood

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Introduction

  • Proper cattle handling is based on the principles of understanding cattle behavior, knowing the temperament of the animals you are working with, designing facilities that meet your needs, and minimizing factors that induce stress.
  • The attitude of the handler plays as much of a role in good cattle handling as does the facility design.
  • Simple, low-cost solutions can help to minimize distractions when cattle move through the facility.
  • Four guiding principles should be used when handling cattle:
    • Reduce fear and distress.
    • Utilize cattle’s natural behaviors to facilitate movement.
    • Utilize natural elements in the environment.
    • Remain calm.

Behavior

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Handling

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Facilities

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Summary

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed Papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Simon G E, Hoar B R & Tucker C B (2016) Assessing cow–calf welfare. Part 2: Risk factors for beef cow health and behavior and stockperson handling. Journal of Animal Science 94 (8), 3488-3500 PubMed.
  • Woiwode R et al (2016) Compliance of large feedyards in the northern high plains with the Beef Quality Assurance Feedyard Assessment. The Professional Animal Scientist 32 (6), 750-757 VetMedResource.

Other sources of information

  • Grandin T (2017) Behavioral principles of livestock handling.
  • Grandin T (2017) Temple Grandin’s guide to working with farm animals. Storey Publishing.
  • Grandin T (2015) Improving animal welfare: a practical approach. 2nd edn. CABI.
  • Grandin T (2014) Livestock handling and transport: theories and applications. CABI.
  • Grandin T (2008) Humane livestock handling. Storey publishing.


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