Handling Bulls And Boars

Research has shown that bull calves reared in physical isolation from their own species are more likely to be aggressive and dangerous after they mature than bull calves reared on a cow in a herd.[10] Dairies have learned from experience that bucket-fed Holstein bull calves can be made safer by rearing them in group pens after they reach six weeks of age. Young male calves must learn at a young age that they are cattle. If they grow up without social interactions with their own species, they may attempt to exert dominance over people instead of fighting with their own kind. Young bulls that are reared with other cattle are less likely to direct dangerous behaviors toward people.

People handling bulls should be trained to recognize a broadside threat. A bull will stand sideways so that either the person or the bull he intends to attack can see him from the side. He does this to show his adversary how big he is. This broadside threat will occur prior to an actual attack. Bulls that threaten or attack people should be culled, because bull attacks are a major cause of fatal accidents with cattle. Accidents with boars can be reduced by always handling the most dominant boar first. A boar is more likely to attack if he smells a subordinate's smell on a person.

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