Livestock producers know that a cattle crush is an essential investment, and that it is one of the most important ones they will make for their operations.
A high-quality cattle crush can improve livestock management, increase livestock and producer safety, and decrease animal stress.
According to the experts, there are five main principles of cattle behaviour:
- Cattle want to see you;
- Cattle want to go around you;
- Cattle want to be with and will go to other cattle;
- Cattle want to return where they have been;
- Cattle can only process one main thought at a time.
These principles are essential considerations when looking at livestock handling equipment and stockyard design.
As one of the highest-stress points in a yard, it is especially important to keep these principles of cattle behaviour in mind when looking at adding a new crush to your operation.
Here are five questions you need to ask when choosing a new cattle crush:
1. Does this crush adhere to animal science?
New Animal Science Research and best practice guidelines are constantly emerging from universities and research facilities, and it is important to look at handling equipment that adheres to the latest guidelines.
2. Is it too noisy?
The quieter your equipment is, the less stress it causes for your cattle.
3. Will it keep you and your livestock safe?
Safety is of the utmost importance when handling livestock, and a proper crush will restrain your animals securely so that both farmer and beast are safe. Watch out for crushes that lack secure latches, or have levers that may injure an unsuspecting handler.
4. Is there enough access?
Access is one of the biggest issues for many producers which can lead to injection site damage, improper injection sites, and difficulty with branding placement.
5. What does your vet think?
It is recommended that producers ask their veterinarian’s opinion when purchasing a cattle crush to ensure you choose one that will provide your vet with the access and control they require to complete their tasks.
The Q-Catch 86 Series by Arrowquip will be on display at AgQuip.
- Visit site: G37/38