Safe animal handling and biosecurity measures
Stay safe when working with cattle by being aware of the surroundings and the animal’s behaviour.
According to the most recent report from the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association, between the years of 2003 and 2012, there were 65 animal-related fatalities in Canada. Twenty-nine of these deaths involved cattle. These statistics are just for deaths as a result of cattle involvement and do not consider the thousands of injuries sustained and potentially unreported because of working with or around cattle.
Working around cattle can be very dangerous if safe work procedures are not followed. Animal-related injuries can be due to distraction, impatience or frustration by the animal or the handler. It is important to know the risks and practice safety when working with cattle. Anyone working in the barn or around cattle must be trained and supervised to ensure they understand the safety practices required.