Patience and Experience: Working cattle too quickly can lead to bruises, injection site damage, human injuries and incorrect records. Stress caused by improper handling also lowers conception rates, reduces vaccination effectiveness and reduces immune and rumen functions.
Animals should always be handled in a calm, controlled and gentle manner. Employees and other caretakers should be trained in proper cattle handling techniques, with enforced consequences for inappropriate treatment or handling methods.
An understanding of cattle behavior will facilitate handling, reduce stress, reduce bruise defects and improve both handler safety and animal welfare.
To learn more about animal handling, facility design and hands-on training opportunities, visit BQA.org.
This tip is sponsored by your beef checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance program and Dairy Beef Quality Assurance program.