Restraining of large animals

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Restraining of large animals

  1. 1. Restraining cattle and buffalo• Handling cattle and buffalo may lead to stress and injuries especially if the animals are not used to being handled and the handler is not experienced. There are different techniques used to restrain and cast (throw) these large ruminants. Learning objectives• After studying this unit you should know:• 1 How to hold cattle and buffalo. 2 How to safely use the halter. 3 How to cast (throw) the animals with ropes.
  2. 2. Restraining (controlling) large Animal• Restraining (controlling) large ruminants• The crush or race is made of wood or metal. You should have one in your village or settlement, if not you should talk to the elders of the community about making one with the help of a veterinarian. Crushes are used for large ruminants when they are vaccinated, examined or undergo other treatments.
  3. 3. How to hold animals• If you do not have a halter or a nose holder the best way to hold a large ruminant is to take a firm grip of the nostril using the thumb and forefinger of one hand while holding the horn or the ear with the other hand.
  4. 4. How to Hold Animal
  5. 5. Haltering large ruminants (cattle and buffalo)
  6. 6. Casting or throwing cattle and buffalo• If you do not have a crush and you want to trim the hooves of an animal it will be necessary for you to cast (throw down) the animal.• To do this you will need:• · A halter for the head. · Two people to help you. · Ten to twelve metres of strong rope. · A place where it is safe to throw the animal, where the soil is soft or covered with straw. First halter the animal then tie the long rope around it as shown in the illustration below. Have one person to hold the halter while the other joins you and pulls the rope. The animal will collapse onto the floor and your helper must immediately put his knee on its neck and his hand on the animals head to prevent it from rising.• Do not leave the animal down for a long time as bloat may develop
  7. 7. Casting or throwing cattle and buffalo
  8. 8. How to hold or cast animals in order to trim the feet• You can trim the feet of sheep and goats alone or with someone to help you. Grasp the wool or hair on the chest with one hand while holding the animal on its flank with the other hand. Use your knee to push against the animals back and force it into a sitting position. The animal can be kept in this position for a long time while the feet are trimmed.
  9. 9. How to hold or cast animals in order to trim the feet
  10. 10. How to hold or cast animals in order to trim the feet

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