3. Safety in the yards

Music Communication between livestock handlers is very important. You should discuss what you’re about to do and how you are going to do it. . Parallel movement can be used to speed up or slow down livestock, whether it be out in the paddock, in gateways or along a race. When moving cattle from yard to yard remember that we are doing this quietly and calmly. We are using our body position and movement to influence the cattle. Firstly, move the cattle as close to the gateway as possible. Then, get into position to influence four or five animals to curve around you and into the yard. Move into such a position that you can use parallel movement to regulate the flow and speed of the animals into the yard. . When standing in the gateway choose the position that allows the cattle to naturally curve around you. The correct position will mean that the cattle are moving away from pressure that they can see you for as long as possible and you’re not in their blind spot. Whilst moving cattle from yards to yards you need to consider that not all yards are the same size so make sure that you only fill yards half full. This will ensure that you have plenty of room for safety and plenty of room to be in the right position to effectively communicate with the cattle. . When positioning your gates, make sure that your gate is flush with the yard wherever possible. Also consider setting the gate in such a position that you can grab the gate easily when you want to close it. When closing the gate make sure that you have your hands and feet on the gate in case something should bump the gate whilst you’re closing it. If you are working in pairs make sure the person not latching the gate is looking out on both sides of the gate that cattle don’t hit you. Once the gate is closed move around the cattle so that the cattle can come back and see that the gates are closed. Music .

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