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Managing Cattle Movement for Productivity and Health

When it comes to moving livestock, some handlers seem to have the golden touch, keeping animals completely calm while moving them from place to place. It may look like magic, but it often has a lot to do with a good handling system.

Handling systems are designed based on an understanding of cattle behaviour and are constructed to take advantage of natural animal instincts. An effective, well-designed system makes moving animals safer and faster, easing the burden on both farmers and livestock.

Conversely, poor system design increases stress on animals and handlers alike. For example, distractions like shadows or unnecessary movements increase animal arousal. Non-solid walls and noisy components further increase fear, causing animals to be reluctant to enter.

A good handling system reduces animal arousal and increases efficiency. With a good system, fewer hands are needed to get the job done, reducing labour costs. Happy, comfortable animals move through easily, producing better performance and quality.

This year, visitors to BMO Livestock Central can compare the latest advancements in cattle handling systems. The different chute systems will be set up in side-by-side demonstrations, with live cattle running through. Company reps will be on hand to provide an explanation of how their system improves animal handling.

Handling systems to be demonstrated include:

  • Norheim Ranching with the Arrowquip 860Series Chute
  • Huber Ag Equipment with the Ritchie Combi Clamp
  • Superior Handling with Stampede Steel
  • Tuff Livestock Equipment with the PS1
  • Advanced Agri-Direct with the Performer Hydraulic Cattle Handling System
  • Morand Industries
  • Hi-Hog Farm and Ranch Equipment

Handling cattle effectively can result in healthier, more productive animals and a safer, more efficient work environment for farmers. Check out the latest handling equipment options in BMO Livestock Central at Ag in Motion, July 16 – 18, 2019.

The Cattle Handling Demonstration takes place along Manitoba Drive in BMO Livestock Central daily at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Plus, Huber Ag Equipment will be demonstrating the Ritchie Combi Clamp System in the Sheep Handling Demo at 11:45 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. in the Cattle Pen.

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