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Efficient Livestock Handling
Handling domestic animals
  1. Chris Watson

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Bonnie Beaver and Don Höglund
230 pages, paperback, £36.54.
Academic Press Elsevier. 2015.
ISBN 978 0 12418 670 5

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UNTIL I read this book I had no idea why it is traditional to lead horses (and cattle?) from the left-hand side. I have spent years telling students how to put a halter on correctly for left-hand leading without any idea why. Now I know.

In large animal practice we handle livestock using techniques that, if we were lucky, we may have learnt from our college days, but often learn mainly by experience and watching others when out on farms. Sometimes we learn the hard way and very often by watching …

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