Moving Bulls Safely

Thanks to the Beef Quality Assurance program for this helpful video about how to be safe around bulls. For those of you who have slow internet speeds, or who prefer reading to watching, I put together a transcript for you, below. Enjoy! Handling bulls is a really different situation and each bull’s going to be different. The problem with a bull is you never know what kind of mood he’s going to wake up in. So, you always have to approach a bull with caution. I don’t care if he’s been a lifetime pet. He may wake up that morning in a bad mood and take somebody down and kill them if they’re not careful. The thing with a bull is if you put too much pressure on ‘em too quick, their natural instinct is to fight. They’re not much like a cow who’s either fight or flight. The bull’s gonna fight. So, if you put too much pressure on him and don’t give him a chance to take it off himself, he’s going to learn to brace against you in the pasture or the corrals or whatever. So, there is a technique, and you need to do it with bulls or cows or whatever, is you put pressure on a bull, if he starts to make any advance to you, you probably ought to back up a half a step or a step until he backs away from you. And then you can go on and put more pressure on him. Until you do that, and you teach him to turn away from you, and so that, if a bull’s on the fight, either leave him alone, put him with cows or really take your time to work

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2 thoughts on “Moving Bulls Safely

  1. All this information skirts around the foundation of getting bulls safe and easy to work consistently. A problem with bulls isn’t because of their moods, it’s that they don’t perceive that we, not them, are in full command under all circumstances. Bulls can take a great deal of pressure without fighting us-but they may fight us when handling doesn’t fit them so handling must fit the animal. Bulls that are used to getting their way/have poor attitudes because of poor handling-all stock have different temperaments. Bud Williams’ stockmanship is handling that fits the animals because his method comes right from the animals. Although there are some correct tips in this article, readers should understand that with bulls (and all your animals) establish that leadership (benevolent) and dominance and use stockmanship that is correct to do this and use it thereafter. Stick with Bud Williams’ stockmanship and you’ll get results that are the best and safest-there are lots of resources to learn this.

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