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APSC-167NP

Authors as Published

Jennifer Ligon, Extension Agent, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Buckingham County; John Benner, Extension Agent, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Augusta County; Rachel Grosse, Extension Agent, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Powhatan County; and Laura Siegle, Extension Agent, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Amelia County

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Low stress cattle handling techniques are methods of working cattle using the cattle’s natural instincts to move them. Cattle have evolved with the natural instinct or tendency to move away from pressure. A skilled handler can use an animal’s flight zone, point of balance, and cattle’s natural way of learning; pressure and release, to move cattle without increasing the animal’s level of distress during the working process. Low stress cattle handling improves safety of the handler and the cattle. It also improves cattle health, performance, and carcass traits.


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Publication Date

February 14, 2020