Working with animals – low stress handling of animals

Chair: William Buckley (Bossington Estate) Speakers: Andrew Brewster (beef farmer, Scotland), Jonny Rider (dairy farmer, Wiltshire)

Even where farm animals are raised extensively, they need to be handled from time to time – for inspection, for testing, for milking, for shearing and around the time of giving birth. Such handling can be a stressful experience. What can be done – whether through attitude, planning, equipment or grouping to reduce the level of stress? Farmers share their approaches and experience.