Rounding up cattle is a long and dangerous business, especially if you are using vehicles such as motorbikes or quad-bikes. Mustering your livestock is a process which must involve the utmost care as it is a difficult job and here we will outline a few of the potential hazards.
Whether your muster is for routine health checks, shearing or for sale or feeding and regardless of the livestock involved, be it cattle, horses sheep or others, taking care to avoid potential injuries from mustering accidents is essential.
Riding injuries can occur when you are not looking where you are going on your motorbike or quad. Allow the dogs to round-up the livestock and focus on riding. If you need to take stock of the situation then stop the bike and look around from there.
Kicks or goring from animals
If the reason for the muster is to castrate bulls then it is possible the animal will react in an aggressive way. Making sure to tie the beast down correctly is extremely important to avoid animal injuries. Attempting to muster young feral bulls that have grown up in the wild is extremely difficult as they are often very strong and can attack humans.
Distance from civilisation
In countries such as Australia and the USA the cowboys will ride off into isolated areas and camp far from civilisation. This becomes a further issue if any physical injury occurs as help can take a long time to arrive.
What to do
A great way to avoid mustering injury is to use a pen where food is left for the animals and then closing the gate after them, this works well in small areas with small herds.
If you have suffered an injury while mustering in the last three years that was someone else’s fault then you can make a claim for compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline to talk to one of their friendly and professional advisors who can help determine if you might have a valid claim.
Our law firm has years of experience dealing with all sorts of accidents and injuries including accidents at work. If you have suffered an injury in a work related accident then our legal team will be able to take you through the process on a no-win no-fee* basis. Accident Advice Helpline process most claims over the telephone and claimants rarely end up in court.
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Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice