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Proper use of prods

Proper use of prods safety talk

The use of electric prods should be a last resort to use when trying to move a stubborn animal. When using the prod, keep the following safety tips in mind:

  • Store electric prods in a safe and secure place
  • Never prod an animal when it has nowhere to run
  • If you are in close quarters and must use an electric prod, make sure you have an escape route to avoid injury
  • When working with livestock it is recommended that you move slowly and use gentle touches to get the animals to move; using these techniques will be more effective than shoving or using an electric prod
  • You should not constantly carry the electric prod
  • If an animal refuses to move, first try to under­stand why they won’t move; keep in mind it’s possible the animal cannot move and is not refus­ing to move
  • Utilize other tools to attempt to move the cattle such as:
    • Driving aids, for example flags
    • Plastic paddles
    • A stick with plastic ribbons attached to it

A few additional safety tips to remember when moving cattle:

  • If it is hot outside, never hurry the animal to move
  • If they are being moved to new pasture, they will typically climb steep inclines or hills willingly without the handler having to resort to yelling or chasing
  • Remain patient, consistent and understanding to move the cattle with less stress and with mini­mal effort to reduce the risk of injury


This article is provided solely as a reference tool to be used for information purposes only. The information in this article shall not be construed or interpreted as providing legal or any other advice. The information material does not amend the provisions of any insurance policy issued by CompSource Mutual. It is not a representation that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any such policy. Coverage depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss, all applicable policy provisions, and any applicable law.

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