Cattle Crushes - The Myths About Cattle Footing, Hydraulic Engines & More
1. Myth: Footing isn’t a concern in the crush.
FACT: Minimize stress and safety concerns with non-slip flooring. Your crush should be located in an area with good drainage. Adding non-slip flooring and updating it periodically will ensure safety. ().
2. Myth: I can’t stop cattle from kneeling or pulling backwards.
FACT: Design features include a brisket bar that will keep cattle standing up, and bars to keep them from pulling back. ().
3. Myth: Overhead restrainers aren’t needed in a crush.
FACT: A restrainer located at 60 inches above the crush can keep cattle from rearing up or turning around. Adjustable restrainers are available. ().
4. Myth: Engines in hydraulic crushes can be located on top of the crush.
FACT: Busted - watch out! Placing the engine above your crush can spook cattle and make them anxious.
5. Myth: Cattle don’t walk through manual crushes, they always run.
FACT: Through engineering with animal science practices we manufacture manual crushes that encourage cattle to walk through, minimizing risk of injury to handlers and employees. These practices atinclude:
- Remove pressure points;
- Ensure cattle have a clear line of site through the crush; and
- Reduce noise. Quiet crushes will help keep cattle more relaxed.