Your new bull has been stubborn the past few days. Every time you try to transfer him to a new trailer, he holds back. And now you don't have time to wait.
You decide to show him who's boss and walk toward him with a determined look. Suddenly, the bull looks at you, starts pawing the ground and charging toward you. And the gate is far away.
What do you do?
You don't get in that situation. Working with animals can be risky business. Sometimes hesitant animals indicate more than just stubborn streaks. New animals especially may not have established a normal routine. They may agitate or frighten more easily than other animals who are used to your care.
Use caution around new animals. Protect yourself with heavy footwear and clothing, and use your mind to analyze the situation before you get in trouble.
A new publication about livestock behavior is available from Iowa State University Extension. For help with this or other farm safety topics, contact your local Extension office.
This message is part of the SAFE FARM program at Iowa State University.
This radio public service announcement was distributed by Iowa State University Extension as part of the Safe Farm program. Safe Farm promotes health and safety in agriculture. It is funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Iowa State University, and a network of groups that serve Iowa farm workers and their families. Distribution date: February 1992
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