Hauling cattle is one of the most important parts of running a successful cattle ranch operation. It’s also one of the most stressful. That’s why, here at D-S Livestock Equipment, we decided to put together a short list of a few tips on how to more effectively and safely haul your cattle.
Pay attention to weight
This may seem like a no-brainer, but a lot of issues that arise in cattle hauling come from people not paying attention to common-sense items. Make sure that you’re loading your truck and trailer with cattle that don’t exceed the maximum weight limits. This will do wonders to increase the efficacy of your hauling operation.
Don’t use electric prods
To ensure that your cattle stay calm and relaxed during transportation, it’s recommended that you not use electric prods to get them into trailers. Instead, use flags and paddles to get the animals where they need to go. If they continue to balk, examine what may be in the trailer, or in the way, that’s putting them off.
Ensure bulls are separate
If you’re hauling any bulls, make sure they’re separate from one another, or the rest of the herd. Otherwise, they’ll try to establish hierarchy and end up causing significant damage to your trailer and the rest of the herd as well.
Hauling your cattle is a serious business, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. If you have any more questions about the process, don’t hesitate to call us today at 800-949-9997.