The Ultimate Transporting Livestock Quiz

The Ultimate Transporting Livestock Quiz
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About This Quiz

There comes a time in the life of every rancher when he needs to transport his livestock to market, whether by land, sea or air. If you still think nostalgically of how it was done in the Wild West, with cowboys on a cattle drive, take this quiz to see how it's done today.
Which is easier: taking the kids on a long road trip or transporting livestock to market?
road trip with the kids
transporting livestock
depends on your viewpoint
This depends on whether you're a parent without livestock, or a rancher without children.

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Where is the greater danger of injury to passengers: road trip or transporting livestock?
road trip
transporting livestock
Livestock are more likely to suffer discomfort or injury.
statistics show the chances are even

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Is any special care taken when transporting livestock?
Not really, if they're going to the slaughterhouse anyway.
The law dictates humane treatment of animals.
Humane treatment of animals being transported is dictated by law.
Ranchers always take superb care of their livestock.

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Other than the law, is there any reason to ensure livestock reaches the slaughterhouse calm, rested and uninjured?
They are going to be slaughtered anyway, so it makes no difference.
Actually tense or frightened cattle produce better quality meat.
The value increases when the livestock are rested, calm and of course without injury or blemish.
Stressed, frightened or injured livestock will produce inferior quality meat and reduce it's value.

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What can scare animals being transported whether pets in a car or livestock in a trailer?
sudden braking
Sudden braking, sharp bends or hitting potholes can scare animals.
heavy metal rock music
high speed

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What is the most basic requirement of a cattle trailer?
ventilation
closed sides and a roof
ventilation and space
The trailer has to be adequately ventilated and be large enough for the size and number of cattle being transported.

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Why is floor-level ventilation important?
Non-ventilated feet smell bad.
Fumes of urine could cause discomfort.
Ammonia-laden urine lingers and could cause suffocation.
Cattle will collapse if their legs overheat.

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Is there any reason not to have vents open to the highway?
It's illegal.
It is illegal to allow cattle secretions to be released onto the highway.
Actually it's a good idea.
The droppings are needed for fertilizer.

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What weather condition is most detrimental to livestock being transported?
dust storms
rain
humid heat
Humid heat without adequate ventilation can be very harmful.

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What kind of floor is required in a trailer?
nonslip
A nonslip floor is needed.
urine-absorbent
soft

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Why is this necessary if the trailer is full?
Not necessary -- the animals' close proximity prevents them falling.
Animals that slip can panic.
Animals that slip tend to panic, which could cause them to damage themselves and other animals.
Not enough room for animals to lie down in comfort.

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How do you make the floor nonslip?
plastic bubble wrap
cardboard boxes
cross slats of wood
You can use cross slats of wood or grids of metal.

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Can padding the sides of the trailer help?
It can help.
It can definitely help prevent bruising.
Not a good idea, the cattle will fight to get a padded spot.
It can give the cattle complexes about incarceration in a padded trailer.

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What is the first rule for handling livestock?
Be gentle and persuasive
Be firm and assertive.
Avoid it.
Avoid it if you can.

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How do you load livestock?
quickly and efficiently
slowly and quietly
They need to be loaded slowly and quietly to avoid stress and possible injury.
loudly to distract them

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How long does it usually take to calm a spooked animal?
10 minutes
20 minutes
30 minutes
It usually takes about 30 minutes.

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To whom do frightened animals pose the greatest threat?
to everyone in the area
They pose a threat to themselves, other livestock and to their handlers
themselves
other livestock

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How do most animals relate to being in close contact with their herd mates?
don't like it but manage
prefer it
They don't mind it and often prefer it.
object strongly

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What is an animal's flight zone?
It's a comfort zone.
It is in fact a comfort zone and if anyone comes closer they are liable to bolt.
It's the direction in which they will flee.
The distance they can cover before being caught is the flight zone.

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What determines a flight zone?
differs according to species
depends on weather conditions
animal's state of mind
The more frightened or unsettled, the larger the flight zone.

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