The selection of cattle handling devices such as a cattle crush can greatly improve the safety of cattle and their handlers.
Locating cattle handling devices in areas of shade will reduce the potential for heat stress and make the work conditions more comfortable for the handlers.
What to consider when buying a cattle crush
- How many different jobs can the equipment perform?
- Does it provide access to the head, side and rear of the animal?
- Is it suitable for jobs such as dehorning, pregnancy testing, artificial insemination, stripping out and mouthing?
- Will it be suitable for the size of the cattle being handled? For example, large aggressive bulls that are not regularly mustered will require a stronger and more sophisticated crush such as one with hydraulic parallel squeeze sides, hydraulic head bail and anti-backing facilities. Head holders or chinbars make any work on the animal's head safer and easier.
- How easy is it to maintain?
- Will it last?
- Does it offer value for money?
- Is it safe to use?
- Is the baulk gate easy to secure?
- Is there adequate head clearance for the animals and workers?
- Is there a split vet gate?
- Are the gates quick releasing in the event of an emergency?
- Is the unit solid to the ground?
- Are there any protruding objects that could harm animals or workers?
- Is there a kick-shut latch on the kick gate?