How should I behave around the cattle?
Cattle (and most non-household animals) take exception to the following actions and may move suddenly and unpredicably. Please avoid performing these actions when you are around our animals:
- Sudden movements.
- Loud noises.
- Running (or moving quickly) toward them.
- Waving your arms. (Highlander cattle look at our arms as equivalent to their horns; the movement of horns (our arms) is used to "warn" other cattle, so if you wave your arms around erratically, it may be interepreted as a challange, and they may return the challange or turn and run away.)
Additionally, avoid the following situations:
- Getting between a cow and her calf.
- Getting between a bull and a female cow.
Do not enter our fields without being escorted by one of our staff members.
A relatively good document on animal handling is Behavioral Principles of Livestock Handling.
To other farmers: Our management principles are rather unique; please consult with the farm staff before entering the pastures or operating any equipment (gates, etc...) Also, we are a Bio-Security aware farm!