Livestock Handling Safety
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Several farmers work around livestock on a daily basis. It should be known that animals sense their surroundings very differently. Due to their sensitive hearing, livestock are able to detect sounds that humans cannot hear. Loud noises easily frighten them. Research shows high frequency sounds actually hurt animals’ ears. This may explain why some animals are nervous in unfamiliar surroundings. Many animals see in black and white, not color. Some animals’ eyes sense movement better than human eyes. Cattle have almost 360° panoramic vision and can be spooked by quick movements behind them. On the other hand, cows and pigs have poor depth insight and difficulty in judging distances. Accordingly, cows are seemingly unable to differentiate the difference between a real cattle guard and parallel stripes painted on a road. This section emphasizes some tips related to livestock handling safety.
- Livestock Handling
Farm workers, ranchers, family members and visitors are injured every year by livestock. Many of these injuries occur when handling livestock.
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Dr. Sammy Sadaka, PE
Associate Prof. & Extension
University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
2301 S. University Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72204