How to Make a Cattle Prod

Written by sharyl stockstill
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Numerous studies have shown that the easier animals are handled, the better quality of meat they produce. This makes sense when you consider how adrenalin and tightened muscles would adversely affect the tenderness of a steak. Using a non-electric cattle prod can increase your reach making it easier to influence the direction an animal goes while keeping you safely out of reach of a horn or a kicking hoof and not terrorising the animal into tightening its muscles and releasing the adrenalin.

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Things you need

  • Round stick about two inches in diameter
  • Small can of liquid rubber
  • Saw
  • Sandpaper

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    Creating a non-electric cattle prod

  1. 1

    Cut the round stick to approximately four feet in length. A shovel or garden tool handle makes an ideal cattle prod. Cut off the excess length to make it comfortable to hold. Four feet is an ideal length for waving in front of an animal that is trying to turn back on you.

  2. 2

    Sand the cut end of the stick to slightly round the end. This end can be used to poke the animal in the hip or flank to prod it forward. It also makes a great walking stick when livestock pens are muddy and slick.

  3. 3

    Dip both ends of the stick in the liquid rubber and allow to dry. When dry, this product will remain flexible. It allows for a better hand hold on one end and while protecting the livestock from embedded splinters on the other.

Tips and warnings

  • By increasing your reach, the prod is an ideal way to work livestock in the pens on the ranch. Waving it in front of an animal will usually cause an animal to turn and go in the direction you need it to move.
  • Do not use the prod to poke the face of an animal. Eye injuries may occur.

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