The primary method of restraint used in dairy cattle is the halter.  The halter is sometimes used in beef cattle to control the head after the animal is restrained in a chute.  The halter can be made of cotton, nylon, twine, etc.  It is mainly used to control the head and once the head is controlled, the animal can be handled with relative ease.  The proper placement of the halter is important and it begins with making sure the lead is placed on the left side of the animals head.  A simple rhyme to help remember how to correctly place the halter on the head is a follows; "the part that draws goes under the jaws."  This leaves the top part of the halter to go over the poll and behind the ears.






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New Bolton Center Field Service Department
Students:  Keith Javic - Class of 2003, C. Nikki Conroy - Class of 2003