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Safety Considerations When Hauling Livestock



Safety Considerations When Hauling Livestock

— Written By John Cothren and last updated by JoAnne Gryder

Towing a livestock trailer is a common practice on most farms and ranches.  Livestock trailers, also referred to as stock trailers, are used to move livestock between locations, haul show animals to county fairs and transport animals to processing plants.  Before using a livestock trailer, check both the truck and the trailer to ensure that they are in good working condition.  In addition, take the following actions:

  • Latches and safety chains:  Double check the latches and the safety chains and cables between the truck and trailer to make sure they are fastened securely.  Make sure you are using a ball that is the correct size for the trailer.
  • Trailer brakes:  Inspect the breakaway cable or brake system.  Manufacturers recommend that any trailer exceeding 1,000 lb. have its own brake system.
  • Wheel bearings:  Repack the wheel bearings on a regular basis and replace as necessary.
  • Electric Wiring and Connections:  Check to make sure that all the lights (brake light, turn signals, and tail lights) on both the truck and the trailer are working.
  • Tires:  Examine the tires for signs of dry rot, wear or damage, and make sure that all tires, including the spare and inside dual tires, have the correct air pressure.
  • Lug nuts:  Inspect the lug nuts regularly to ensure they are properly tightened.
  • Trailer:  Inspect the trailer floor to make sure it is sturdy and clean.  If more traction is needed, install rubber matting.  Consider replacing floorboards that are showing signs of wear or rot.
  • Brake controllers:  Test your brake controllers and make adjustments as needed depending on the weight of your trailer.

Loading the Trailer

Loading animals into a trailer can sometimes be a frustrating task, but there are steps you can take to make the task safer and, ideally, easier.  For example, lower the back of the trailer as much as possible so that animals may step into the trailer without having to step up.  Remember to be patient and calm during the loading process so that you do not scare or stress the animals. Additional recommendations include the following:

  • Weight distribution:  When using a bumper pull trailer, place the heaviest animals in the front of the axles.  Load older and larger animals first, followed by younger and smaller animals.
  • Visibility:  Make sure animals can see you when you enter and exit the trailer.
  • Squeeze and pinch points:  Remain alert to the danger of being pinned between animals and trailer sides and being pinched by the trailer gate.
  • Gates:  Once the animals are loaded into the trailer, quickly close the gates and ensure they are secure.
  • Protrusions:  Inspect the trailer for broken or sharp objects protruding into the trailer. These items should be repaired immediately to prevent an injury to an animal or operator.


When driving on any roadway, always maintain a safe speed, keep your headlights on, and stay alert.  Your braking time increases when you are towing a full trailer, so maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you and leave adequate room to stop.  Plan your travel time carefully, and be aware that weather can cause delays by impacting road conditions and animal comfort.

Do not lock the trailer when you are transporting animals.  In the event of an emergency, rescue workers will be able to more quickly gain access to an unlocked trailer.  For your animals’ safety, do not allow them to hang their heads out of the trailer, where they could be injured by flying objects.



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Texas infant’s death linked to Zika

Texas infant’s death linked to Zika

From the Texas Department of State Health Services

AUSTIN, TX – Texas has confirmed that an infant who recently died in Harris County had microcephaly linked to the Zika virus. The baby passed away shortly after birth and is the first Zika-related death reported in Texas.

During her pregnancy, the mother was in Latin America, where she was infected, and the baby acquired the infection in the womb. Recent test results confirmed the baby’s condition and link to Zika. The mother and baby are classified as travel-related cases, and there is no additional associated risk in Texas.

Last month Texas reported the state’s first case of microcephaly linked to Zika, also a Harris County infant.

“Zika’s impact on unborn babies can be tragic, and our hearts are with this family,” said Dr. John Hellerstedt, Texas Department of State Health Services commissioner. “Our central mission from the beginning has been to do everything we can to protect unborn babies from the devastating effects of Zika.”

DSHS is coordinating with Harris County Public Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to follow the cases.

Texas has reported 99 cases of Zika virus disease, including the two infants with microcephaly from Harris County. All Texas cases are related to travel abroad to areas with active Zika transmission. There have been no reported cases of Zika virus disease transmitted by mosquitoes in Texas, but Texas is on alert for the possibility local transmission.

With its link to microcephaly, Zika poses a serious threat to unborn children. DSHS is tracking the number of pregnant women with Zika in the state, working with providers and reporting weekly data to the national Zika pregnancy registry. DSHS is studying past microcephaly data to understand the prevalence and patterns of this condition in Texas. 

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