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Low-stress Cattle Handling: The Basics

March 28, 2014

By: Ben Bartlett and Janice Swanson, Michigan State University Extension

The advantages of low-stress cattle handling include increased profit for dairy and beef

producers. Low-stress cattle handling is easier and safer for people, induces less cattle stress

and injury, and produces a better product with a better public image. The best news is that it’s

free—well, almost free. The only cost of low-stress cattle handling (LSCH) is the time it takes

to learn about cattle and then practice the necessary skills. It is that simple.

Low-stress cattle handling

The secret to LSCH is understanding why cattle act the way they do and then using that

knowledge to "ask" and not force them to do what you want. We also want our facilities to

help us do our work better and not be a barrier. However, even well-designed facilities will not

make up for poor handling skills and a lack of cattle behavior knowledge.

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