Safety to the fore with bulls on farm

Te Puke Times - - News - Jor­dyn Crouch

With three weeks of mat­ing passed, you’ll now have some num­bers around of your three­week sub­mis­sion rate and an idea of whether it’s close to that tar­get of 90 per cent.

As we ap­proach the end of the ar­ti­fi­cial breed­ing pe­riod there will be a new class of stock on farm, that be­ing your bulls.

Though there may be a sigh of re­lief due to the end of AB, it’s still ex­tremely im­por­tant that we stay on the ball with the ar­rivals of bulls on the farm.

Good bull man­age­ment will en­sure that they are well ad­justed to their en­vi­ron­ment and have been put through thor­ough biose­cu­rity quar­an­tine.

They should ar­rive on farm with plenty of time to ad­just prior to work­ing (three months to 10 days be­fore­hand) and run through a health check be­fore they en­ter the herd.

Once they ar­rive on farm, run­ning through health and safety with new staff will pre­vent any sticky sit­u­a­tions with peo­ple and bulls on farm.

Things to con­sider are:

■ Learn to recog­nise the dan­ger signs. Bel­low­ing, and dig­ging at the ground with their hooves can in­di­cate ag­i­ta­tion.

■ Bulls that have been kept in isolation are a higher risk. Keep an eye out for these, and never han­dle a bull alone.

■ Try to use ve­hi­cles when in the pad­dock with bulls, these are bet­ter than on foot or mo­tor­bike.

If you do find your­self cor­nered by a bull, shout loudly and strike it re­peat­edly on the nose with your stick (close to its eyes) and then get to safety.

Along with be­ing safe around bulls, hav­ing the right num­ber is just as im­por­tant. Be re­al­is­tic with how mat­ing has gone, and ad­just bull num­bers ac­cord­ingly. Check out the Dairynz web­site for a bull cal­cu­la­tor ta­ble to con­firm you’re on the money.

Us­ing ve­hi­cles when in the pad­dock with bulls is safer than be­ing on foot or a mo­tor­bike.

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