Behavioral Principles of Live Stock Handling

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  1. Is all noise bad?
  2. What types of noises are bad?
    loud, sudden noises
  3. What is considered good noise?  How does good noise benefit the animals?
    • white noise/background noise
    • mutes the unavoidable loud noises and can increase productivity/decrease stress
  4. What do we want to avoid visually when working with large animals?
    • avoid moving objects
    • avoid drastic color changes and/or shadows
  5. What do large animals do to see objects better?
    lower the heads
  6. Do large animals move around curved stuff or straight lines/corners better?
    curved stuff
  7. Why is stress bad?
    • decreases production (weight gain, milk production)
    • stress is "contagious"
    • can be fatal
    • decreases reproductive performance
    • decreases quality of product at slaughter is stressed during that time
    • decreases rumen function
    • decreases immune system function
  8. What is the size of the flight zone based on?
    • size of enclosure
    • the individual animal - degree of socialization, illness, nursing
    • anything new/novel will increase size of flight zone
  9. Where is the point of balance?
    at the shoulder
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Behavioral Principles of Live Stock Handling

Large Animal
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