Transport and Care of Cattle

Agriculture Victoria - Stuart Arms and Mariko Lauber

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Knowledge level: Introductory

Farm Table says:

Informative article on transporting cattle and general care that is required in looking after cattle. Some really good points on caring for cattle and what should be provided as a minimum.

This article provides information on transporting cattle and care that should be provided for cattle purchased at the saleyards or privately.

The items covered in this article are:

  • Transporting cattle
  • Cattle health
  • Common cattle diseases
  • Property Identification Code (PIC)

Key points were as follows:

  • Cattle should be transported in suitable trailers or stock crates that cannot cause injury, they should not be overloaded by cattle numbers or by weight.
  • Various types of cattle should be separated during transport, these include:
  1. Cows and calves
  2. Heavily pregnant cows
  3. Horned cattle
  4. Bulls
  5. Calves
  • Bobby calves should be placed in the front pen of a stock truck and the pen should not be overloaded to allow enough space to lie down. It’s important they are checked regularly to ensure they are travelling ok.
  • Upon arriving at the transport destination, cattle should be given feed and water and let into a small paddock. It’s important to check them over and ensure calves are feeding off the cows, no injuries were sustained during transport and no other abnormalities are detected. Once all is satisfactory, they can be let out into a larger paddock.
  • Common cattle diseases include blackleg, pulpy kidney, blacks disease, tetanus, liver fluke, worms, bloat, grass tetany, pink eye, scours (calves) and bovine johne’s disease.
  • To purchase cattle and transfer them onto your property, you must have a registered property identification code (PIC).
2007 - Australia - Agriculture Victoria - Stuart Arms and Mariko Lauber
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