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Safe Animal Management Tips


Did you see this recent story?

His Best Friend was a 250-Pound Warthog.
One Day, It Decided to Kill Him.

What I was most amazed by was the warthog used to ride the front seat when the fellow would hit the Whataburger drive-through. So having it turn on him was surprising.

I know none of you raise warthogs, but you’re still working with animals that are big enough and strong enough to cause serious harm. So this week, here are some reminders to be safe out there.

We start with some good stats to put things into perspective.

Livestock – More Dangerous Than Mountain Lions, Poisonous Snakes, or Stinging Insects

Next, I give you an animal/English dictionary you can use to know when you might be in danger, and what to do about it. You’ll learn the signs for cows, goats, and sheep.

Be Safe Around Your Livestock By Understanding Signs of Aggression

Culling for bad behavior can be hard, so Kris Ringwald has some great reminders to make it easier for you.

Zero Tolerance for Bad Cows

When considering culling, it might help to brush up on your temperament assessment skills. These videos will help you rate animals in your herd. There’s even a little test so you can see how you’re doing.

How Good Are You at Assessing Animal Temperament?

Finally, it’s not always the animals that create dangerous situations. Sometimes it’s our own behaviors. Chris Jordan gives us examples of bad choices, and good alternatives.

Trying My Patience

Stay safe out there!

Thanks for reading!


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Kathy Voth
I am the founder, editor and publisher of On Pasture, now retired. My career spanned 40 years of finding creative solutions to problems, and sharing ideas with people that encouraged them to work together and try new things. From figuring out how to teach livestock to eat weeds, to teaching range management to high schoolers, outdoor ed graduation camping trips with fifty 6th graders at a time, building firebreaks with a 130-goat herd, developing the signs and interpretation for the Storm King Fourteen Memorial trail, receiving the Conservation Service Award for my work building the 150-mile mountain bike trail from Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah...well, the list is long so I'll stop with, I've had a great time and I'm very grateful.