About a quarter of non fatal accidents on farms are animal related. Greatest risk accrues when animals are being moved, separated or released.
Most common injuries are:
Animals with newborn also pose a great risk. One should never turn ones back on such animals. Good handling facilities are extremely important. Pens, fencing, crushes and skulling gates should be of a standard to facilitate herd size.
These are diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans. To help reduce infection:
- Keep stock healthy – may include vaccination
- Use PPE where necessary
- Encourage good personal hygiene
- Keep cuts and abrasions covered
- Control rats and vermin to avoid spreading disease
Safety measures when handling bulls:
- Bulls should be ringed at 10 months of age
- Attach chain when bulls are outdoors.
- A pen to prevent direct contact with bulls when feeding and bedding will prevent many accidents
- Bulls should be housed where they can be restrained and see the herd
- Signs warning of the presence of bulls should be visible in public places.
All visible defects in livestock facilities should be identified and maintenance carried out. It is a good idea to use a vehicle when herding animals particularly for older farmers. Regardless of stage of growth aggressive animals should be culled. Stock proof fencing should be maintained, particularly road side fencing.
Move animals with the minimum of fuss and noise.