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animal handling

Handling animals like cattle, sheep, poultry, dogs and horses is a way of life on many farms. All animals behave differently and some animals are for production or as working animals (sheep and cattle dogs or stock horses) and some are domestic pets.

Animals are unpredictable, especially during the mating season. Cattle, pigs, horses and sheep should be treated with caution at all times. Keep a fence or barrier between you and the animals; never turn your back.

Falling off horses can causes serious injuries so always wear a helmet. Keep sheds, yards, fences and equipment in good repair.

Visitors and bystanders can easily be injured by livestock so advise them to be careful.

Farm safety – handling animals

Many injuries to farmers and farm workers occur when handling livestock. Animals are unpredictable, especially during the mating season or when protecting their young. Cattle, dogs, pigs, horses and sheep should be treated with caution. Attempting to lift or push animals can cause injury and animals may also transmit certain diseases. Plan ahead for any task, maintain a barrier between you and the animals and yourself, and get help if you need it. Children should always be supervised around farm animals.

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References used for this topic page

More information:

Queensland Government
Sheep handling and shearing

Department of Primary Industries (NSW)
Handling cattle

 

WorkSafe Victoria
Beef cattle handling: a safety guide [PDF 2.2mb]

Research & reviews:

Centers for Disease Control (US)
Non-fatal Animal-Related Farm Injuries to Youth in the United States – 1998 [PDF 2.2mb]

Centers for Disease Control (US)
Fatalities caused by cattle in four states 2003-2008

Fast facts:

Animal handling

  • Handling animals like cattle, sheep poultry, dogs and horses is a way of life on many farms. All animal behave differently and some animals are for production, working dogs or domestic pets.
  • Animals are unpredictable, especially during the mating/joining season. Cattle, pigs, horses and sheep should be treated with caution at all times. Keep a fence between you and the animals.
  • Falling off horses causes a number of injuries too, so wear a helmet. Keep sheds, yards, fences and equipment in good repair.
  • Visitors and bystanders and can easily be injured by livestock so advise them to be careful.
  • Working dogs can also cause harm through bites.

 

Last updated: 18th November, 2016