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.