Livestock have minds of their own, a huge weight advantage and move surprisingly fast. Agitated livestock are a particular risk. It takes skill and practice to handle them safely. Even skilled livestock handlers take knocks and kicks.
Livestock are unpredictable, especially during the joining (mating) season where they can be protective of their mates and their young. Often reverting to a fight or flight response when they perceive a threat, Livestock always need to be treated with caution.
The handling of cattle in yards and on farms presents a number of inherent risks, with the unpredictable nature of cattle being the most significant.
It is the responsibility of property owners to ensure their shearing sheds have adequate amenities on site for when contractors come to shear their sheep. Shearing sheds are just like any workplace and therefore need to have all the facilities that people may require while they spend their work day on your farm.
Victoria Police and Crime Stoppers have prepared a checklist to help primary producers assess the security of their properties.
Farms can often become victims of crime given the high-value assets stored on them, and that they are sometimes accessible to the general public. Farmers should be conscious of how vulnerable they are to crime and do everything they can to keep their properties secure. Farm security can be time consuming, but in the long run, it can save you time, energy and money.