Handling Livestock Principles

Handling skills are essential for managing livestock. Good livestock handling can minimise stress and injury; improve time and effort required to move animals; reduce stress for both people and animals; make working with animals safer and more enjoyable; and improve productivity and meat quality. There are 6 basic principles to consider when handling livestock; 

1. Flight zone
2. Balance point
3. Field of vision
4. Handler position
5. Animal behaviour and movement principles
6. Facilities and equipment

This circular will outline each of these principles.