Livestock Safety

This page features information on the following topics:

  • Overview
  • "Struck-By" Hazards and Safety Measures
  • Disease Transmission and Prevention
  • Influenza in Workers and Pigs


Working with livestock can be hazardous to agricultural workers. Hazards of livestock handling include being struck by animals, as well as the potential for development of diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans. This page discusses the risks of working with livestock, along with hazard control and prevention measures.

"Struck-By" Hazards and Safety Measures

An aggressive, excited, or frightened animal, or one that feels threatened, may engage in sudden, unexpected movement that strikes a worker, causing injury. Employees should follow the safety measures below to minimize the risk of such occurrences.

  • Use care and common sense when working with animals. Never try to hurry an angry animal.
  • Be aware that cattle can see nearly 360 degrees without moving their heads, so quick movement behind them may startle them. While cattle do not generally attack you, their size and weight alone can be overwhelming. Leave yourself an "out" when trying to corner or work with cattle.
  • Remember that animals may be more aggressive and see you as a threat if they are protecting their young.

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