Working with livestock, particularly cattle, will always involve risk. When you work with cattle you should carefully assess the risks and consider what you can safely do.
Many farmers never stop to consider why animals behave as they do and, more importantly, what this behaviour could mean to their personal safety. Animal-handling practices are often inherited from watching others and from personal experiences growing up on the farm. Too often, this results in unsafe livestock handling and restraint practices.
Although most animal incidents are not fatal, many men, women and children are needlessly injured every year due to a lack of safety awareness. Broken bones, crushed and mashed limbs, work absences and unnecessary medical expenses are some of the results of livestock-related incidents.
Challenge yourself to think about improving your livestock handling systems and making them safer and more efficient.