Angus Australia


Your Safety

Your safety on the farm is just as important as the wellbeing of your cattle. Those in the yard should be critically aware of the safety of themselves and those around them. Ensure you wear gear that is appropriate in the yard, including footwear (leather boots or gumboots) with steel toe caps, a strong pair of trousers and leggings. Avoid being distracted by a mobile phone, turn it off and encourage others to do the same.[24]

Yard design and the type of cattle controls utilised are critical for: 

  • routine bull work
  • being able to effectively control a bull in a crush
  • being able to marshal and move bulls through the yard properly

When conducting a VBBSE, ensure that facilities and labour are appropriate for the job to be conducted as this is important for the safety and welfare of both the veterinarian and the animals.


If you get concerned by a bull, shout loudly and strike it repeatedly on the nose to make it close its eyes. To keep a bull away from an injured person, grab and pull the tail to one side to deflect attention away from the injured person.


Bulls can be more aggressive during mating season and are extremely dangerous when fighting. Remember:[24]

  • never trust any bull – particularly the ‘lonely bull’ reared or kept in isolation
  • never work bulls on your own or turn your back on a bull
  • the older the bull, the more dangerous it can become
  • avoid working bulls with other bulls around
Moving bulls[24]

  • move confidently – it is vital to demonstrate dominance
  • don’t try to move a dangerous bull on foot or alone – use a vehicle
  • always have a long strong cane or stick
  • keep bulls moving at a trot until they are well into the paddock and clear of the gate, keeping them apart at a good distance
  • keep clear of a fighting pair