Care & Handling GUIDELINES

Strictly adhere to safe load levels with regard to animal weight and space allocation.

Producers hauling cattle in farm and ranch trailers must ensure that adequate space is provided so that cattle have sufficient room to stand with little risk of being forced down because of overcrowding.

Cattle should be loaded, unloaded and removed through facilities with patience and as quietly as possible to reduce stress and injury.

When the vehicle is not full, safely partition cattle into smaller areas to provide stability for the cattle and the vehicle.


No gap which would allow injury to an animal should exist between the ramp, its sides and the vehicle.

Vehicle doors and internal gates should be sufficiently wide to permit cattle to pass through easily without bruising or injury.

Cattle that are unable to withstand the rigors of transportation should not be shipped.

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