Constructing cattle yards for small landholders

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development - Government of Western Australia

Type: Webpage
Knowledge level: Introductory

Farm Table says:

Some good introductory information but no example yard designs are provided.

This WA-based resource provides tips for small landholders. They note that the advantages of using low stress stock handling include:

  • increased productivity and profit
  • improved meat quality
  • more effective use of your time and money
  • safer for the handler
  • reduced cost of production
  • quiet, stress free stock and people
  • learn to work through all situations confidently.

Key terms are explained including:

  1. Holding yard – pen where cattle are temporarily confined.
  2. Forcing yard – pen used to force the cattle into the race or up a loading ramp.
  3. The race – narrow single file walkway for cattle to travel through when being moved from one location to another.
  4. The catwalk – raceway on the outside of forcing yards, races and loading ramps for people to work alongside the cattle.
  5. Cattle crush – strongly built stall or cage for holding cattle safely while they are examined, marked or given veterinary treatment.

The remainder of the webpage concentrates on:

  • Location of yards
  • Design safety checklist – hazard audit
  • Materials
  • Cattle behaviours that affect yard design
  • Recommended cattle yard features
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