What are the minimum operator requirements?
- Worker must be under direct supervision until assessed as competent by the person in charge of the workplace
- Children under five must be directly supervised by an adult and are not to enter cattle yards
What equipment do you need?
- Sturdy non-slip boots
- Hat/sunscreen as required
- Keep stock calm
- Be firm
- Maintain control of dogs
- Exercise caution when dealing with cows with calves
- Use good technique when lifting sheep and calves
- Wash hands after handling livestock
- Take care with sharp objects, such as sheath knives and needles
What should you do when handling bulls?
- Treat bulls with respect
- Do not move a dangerous bull on foot or alone
- Never turn your back on a bull
- Use vehicles or horses to assist in moving bulls when possible
What should you do when working in yards and woolsheds?
- Check yards and woolsheds before use. Remove any items that could frighten stock or cause injury. Repair any areas that are not structurally sound, especially those used for cattle
- Once stock are in yards, give them time to settle before handling them
- When handling cattle in yards, plan an escape route
- Do not get in the race with cattle. Always work above the rails, not through
What are the risks?
- Impact injuries
Where can you find more information?
WorkSafe Good Practice Guidelines “Safe Cattle Handling” and “Safe Sheep Handling”.