Animal handling

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.

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