Farm Table says:
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:
- Holding yard – pen where cattle are temporarily confined.
- Forcing yard – pen used to force the cattle into the race or up a loading ramp.
- The race – narrow single file walkway for cattle to travel through when being moved from one location to another.
- The catwalk – raceway on the outside of forcing yards, races and loading ramps for people to work alongside the cattle.
- 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
- Cattle behaviours that affect yard design
- Recommended cattle yard features