Beef handling facilities: how to work smarter, not harder

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Presenatation for cattlemen scheduled for Thursday

There is an old saying, “You can tell what kind of a stockman a person is by looking at the behavior of his cattle.”

Although many factors can impact cattle behavior, the handling facilities are the easiest and quickest way to make working cattle much easier and safer.

Joe Zulovich, University of Missouri’s commercial ag engineer, will present, 'Beef Handling Facilities: how to work smarter, not harder,' from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday in Cassville’s courthouse on the square, located at 700 Main St.

“Effective beef livestock working facilities are unique to each producer,” Zulovich said. “One must consider a host of things before determining the best facility, such as: the objective, times of year being used, number of head being worked and topography of the site.”

The facility should make working cattle both easier on the producer and more profitable. Those who utilize artificial insemination will likely experience improved conception rates with low stress-handling around insemination. For market animals, a large loin bruise generates a significant economic loss to that animal. Improved handling facilities may help prevent bruises.

This seminar will cover facility design including calculating pen capacities, ideal animal-handling facility materials and best management practices for animal handing.

The educational event is part of a learning series sponsored by the University of Missouri’s Barry County Extension Council. People may RSVP by calling 417-847-3161, or email BluelRJ@missouri.edu, to ensure adequate refreshments are available following the meeting. A fee of $5 is payable at the door.