Farm Safety Check: Livestock Facilities & Handling Safety

Farm Safety Check: Livestock Facilities & Handling Safety


Stressed livestock are more likely to injure themselves, their handlers, and are more difficult to work with. Providing stockmanship training for workers handling livestock is key to preventing injuries.

There may also be changes you can make in your buildings, gates, and working areas that will minimize distractions and startling objects.

Check in on your buildings and animal safety this month to keep yourself and animals safe!


The checklist below lists a few things you can check for to ensure safe animal handling:

  • Do all workers receive appropriate stockmanship training to handle livestock?
  • Are the working lanes towards chutes curved?
  • Are livestock able to follow other animals ahead of them when being worked or moved?
  • Is lighting uniform to prevent large shadows in barns and working areas?
  • Are you minimizing strange sights, like random coats, coffee mugs, or tools, when working cattle?
  • Do loading ramps and chutes have solid sidewalls to prevent distractions?
  • Is the floor uniform with enough traction? Cattle will balk at changes in color, texture, or depth.
  • Are your alleys adequate? Cattle move uphill easier than down, as long as the slope of the ramps is no more than 20 degrees.

You and/or your employee(s) can download and print a pdf checklist to complete safety checks on your farm.  Keep the completed forms for follow-up, future reference and inspections.


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Disclaimer: The facts and information listed above are suggestions for your safety, but are in no way a comprehensive and exhaustive list of all actions needed to insure your safety.