Posted on Nov.03, 2011, under Veterinary Equipment
One of the best way to reduce stress in handle large animals is to use the proper methods while gathering, treating, and processing them. Understanding your cattle respond is such a good way, but you’ll need right equipments to do it. Below are photo gallery of large animal instruments and equipment by MadisonCollegeLibraries.
To reduce stress you could use properly designed facilities, keep things quiet, train your herd and make travel safe and calm. To treat animals closely, some kind of restraint is usually necessary. Dairy cows can often be restrained in a stanchion, since they are already accustomed to this type of restraint. For a beef animal, some other method is usually needed. Halter is an adequate restraint for some medical procedures in large animal.
Nose tongs (nose lead) can help hold a cow’s head still when certain procedures need to be done. The nose is tender, so the animal hesitates to move or pull away once the metal lead is applied. The safest way to apply nose lead is to stand in front of her and very quickly snap the tongs into her nose before she has a chance to move. Complete list of large animal instruments and equipment posted below. Click to view larger.