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Quebec Farmers' Advocate Volume 2013Number 8September 15, 2013

How do you handle your cows safely and without causing stress?

How do you handle your cows safely and without causing stress?
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You handle your cows every day for milking, you move them from one stall to another, milk them, pamper them for the exhibitions. You have spent your whole life working with cows and these big animals no longer have any secrets for you. But even when you’re working with a cow you know well, an animal’s reaction is always a risk for humans. Fortunately, it is possible to prevent some of the reactions that put you and your cows at risk. To ensure your handling is in line with natural cattle behaviour, it is important to have a good understanding of how cows communicate and respond to their environment.

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