Cattle Working Facilities

Rory Lewandowski, Extension Educator, Athens County, Buckeye Hills EERA

An important part of any beef cattle operation is the working or handling facility. A good working or handling system improves the odds that basic management chores, such as vaccinating cattle, get done in a timely manner. We all tend to put off tasks that are going to be a stressful and a pain to get done. A good handling system can reduce the time it takes to work cattle, creating less stress on both the people and the cattle. If the system is designed right, and it is easy to work cattle, it may allow the cattleman to consider and use some other management practices that could offer economic returns, practices such as pregnancy checking and use of artificial insemination. The key to a good working system is the Continue reading