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Beef cattle behavior, handling and facilities design
This book contains the best corral layouts Dr. Grandin has developed during the last fifteen years. Many of these designs have been constructed on ranches and feedlots all over the U.S. and Canada. There are layouts for both small and large operations. For ranchers on a tight budget, there are economical designs which provide good sorting capabilities. A lack of pens and alleys for sorting is a major problem in some corral systems. Most of the designs have curved lanes, and round holding pens to facilitate handling. The two articles in this book explain the principles of cattle behavior and how it relates to corral design. In the back of the book there are details for gates, loading ramp, V chute and round crowd pen.
This web page is a bibliography about beef cattle behavior created by the National Agricultural Library.
Behavior and Handling - Cattle
This learning module from the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee at The University of Arizona presents an overview of cattle behavior and cattle handling techniques.
Cattle Behavior During Handling and Corral Design for Ranches
This PDF, from Temple Grandin, presents principles of cattle behavior, techniques for working cattle, and detailed information about corral design which includes detailed drawings of corals.
Cattle Handling and Behavior
This page, from Donald Lay, Jr. and the Iowa Beef Industry Council, discusses cattle's fear and how understanding this fear can make cattle handling less stressful and dangerous.
Cattle Handling to Reduce Stress
This YouTube video, from animal science professor Temple Grandin, discusses cattle handling and behavior.
Dr. Temple Grandin's Web Page
A webpage that provides links to articles authored by Dr. Temple Grandin. Dr. Grandin has researched livestock behaviour during handling and transport, humane slaughter, the design of facilities and restraining systems.
Emergency Considerations for Beef Cattle
This guide is a general overview of beef cattle handling, care, and health concerns which may be associated with a natural disaster.
Handling Cattle Quietly in Pens
This YouTube video, from animal science professor Temple Grandin, discusses handling cattle quietly in pens.
Livestock Behavior Research Unit
The mission of the Livestock Behavior Research Unit, a unit of the USDA Agricultural Research Service, is to develop scientific measures of animal well-being, through the study of animal behavior, stress physiology, immunology, neurophysiology, and cognition, that will allow an objective evaluation of animal agricultural practices.
Livestock Handling Systems, Cattle Corrals, Stockyards, and Races
This section of Grandin.Com contains drawings of cattle corral designs with curved races. Curved cattle chutes are more efficient for handling cattle because they take advantage of the natural behavior of cattle. In the computer aided drawing section there are layout drawings of cattle yard designs for both large and small ranches and feedlots. There are also drawings of a cattle loading ramp for trucks, diagonal stockyard pens for cattle, and detail drawings of a single file race and cattle dip vat.
Missouri Beef Resource Guide - Facilities and Behavior
Provides information, resources and plans addressing beef cattle facilities. Information is available on evaluating your current animal handling system and providing ideas on how to improve your facility design.
QTL Study of Cattle Behavioral Traits in Embryo Transfer Families
This article from The Journal of Heredity discusses the inheritance in beef cattle of two behavioral traits, temperament and habituation. The researchers utilized quantitative trait loci (QTL) mapping in their study and this is also discussed.
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