How to handle bulls

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Even if you only use bulls as “clean-up hitters,” you still need to establish some basic bull-handling guidelines. Then, train all of your employees on those techniques. Michael Overton, veterinarian at the Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center in Tulare, Calif., recommends the following:

  • Never handle a bull by yourself.
  • When moving a bull, talk to him or make noise as you approach.
  • Try to keep a few cows with him when moving him from one pen to another.
  • Carry a cattle paddle or something that you can wave in order to make yourself appear larger.
  • Never turn your back on a bull.
  • Calm handling is key; don’t shout.


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