Farmers risk serious injury or even death when handling livestock. These risks are greatest when pens and yards are poorly designed, animal handling practices are unsafe, animals are bad-tempered, or when training is inadequate.
The NSW sheep and beef cattle action plan 2013-14 has an overview of the risks facing the sheep and beef cattle industry and the steps taken to address them.
In addition, the Working with livestock fact sheet has a list of practical solutions to animal handling hazards and the Department of Primary Industries has information on cattle yards and equipment.
A video on the proper design of corrals, yards, races and chutes can be found on YouTube.