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Wistrand, Mattias (2004) Säker hantering av lösgående nötkreatur. Other thesis, UNSPECIFIED.

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After I heard that two deadly accidents in farming 2003 were created by work with cattle, I got the idea of writing this degree project. So far there are not too many reports written about safety for the worker nor the animal. Therefore it will fit in with a report about safe handling of free stalled cattle. The Swedish Board of Agriculture would also like to do an information material about outside stalled cattle with this degree project as a background. The collecting of material was made by visiting farmers. The goal was to visit 15 – 20 herds and when this is being written 19 herds have been visited. The project had by that point enough material to put a good degree project together. The visits were aimed at beef producers, both beef cow and bull producers. Each question was put together from where it came out what was most common in the herds. In the result its visible that panels are the most common way of making a calving pen and that permanent pens are most common as calf pens. To put ear tags in and to weigh the calves there is most common to do that when the cow is locked up. To weigh the cattle, the most common method in the herds was to use the mobile scale and a few panels. Just two herds didn't weigh their cattle. To do the testing (blood and manure test) on cows, the most common way was to lock up the cows by the feeding table. That was also the work moment that the farmers thought was most dangerous. The compact loader and the tractor with a front end loader were both popular machines to do feeding and to put out straw with. When it's about the walls between the pens, it's most common with standing pipes, but many farmers thought that it would be safer for the worker with laying pipes in the walls. The things that the farmers thought worked best were the work with dehorned or polled cattle, to be able to lock up the cows and the use of a compact loader. Big areas for the cattle to be on and cattle without horns are both things that the farmers think were important for the cattle safety. The work moments that were mentioned as most dangerous were blood and manure testing, ear tagging calves and moving cattle. One thing that the farmers would like to improve was to butcher the freshly calved cows, which are aggressive. The thing is, that some cows have stronger mother feelings than others and I don't mind that. But if the cow is too aggressive, than it's dangerous. I think it's more important get to know your cows and be more observant when you are about to tag the calf. If you don't have the opportunity to lock the cow up, chase her away if she seems to be aggressive. When it's about safety for the cattle, I think it's very important to have lots of space for the cows to move on. Cattle whitout horns are important too, lots of work get more dangerous with horned cattle. And when it's about beef cow production I figure that the choice of a new herd bull is very important. The bull should get easy calvings, that is very important for the cows health. Finally I would like to say that it's been very interesting to do this degree project. I have seen lots of good things and I've got lots of ideas how things are working with cattle. I hope this degree project will be interesting for you to read as well.

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Keywords: arbetsmiljö, säkerhet, lösdrift
Subject (faculty): Faculty of Landscape Planning, Horticulture and Agricultural Science
Divisions: SLU > Faculty of Landscape Planning, Horticulture and Agricultural Science
Depositing User: Users 85 not found.
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2005
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2015 09:31
URI: http://ex-epsilon.slu.se/id/eprint/288

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