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Occupational Health and Safety and

Animal Welfare

The Stockstill Animal Restrainer has been proven to achieve the highest standards of Occupational Health and Safety and to produce Animal Welfare advantages.


The inventor, Lance Lines, has been on many diverse properties demonstrating the unit over the years. Animals that were unable to be handled were used in trials to ascertain whether they could be successfully restrained.  He found that cattle with horns too large to fit into a crush or horns ingrown into the head through previous poor dehorning were common occurrences.  Also, Stockstill was able to deal with the 2% of fractious animals in all herds which, through their unpredictable behaviour, pose a danger the operator.


To protect operators, each instrument has a built-in alarm system which alerts operators to an impending loss of restraint (such as loss of current through poor electrode attachment, low battery, etc), thereby giving them time to remove themselves from danger.


The voltages used in Stockstill are well below those universally considered to be safe and they present no electrical hazard to either the operator or the animal (see Standards of Association of Australia MP 30-1976 “Experience with voltages not exceeding 50 volts RMS AC or 75 volts DC”).


Each unit is provided with an instruction manual and DVD which give operators an understanding of the necessity of ensuring the welfare of the animal at all times. (The efforts of Dr Peter Carter, a veterinarian and farmer, are gratefully acknowledged.  Dr Carter was instrumental in producing the manual many years ago.)


By intelligent use of the Stockstill and correct placement of the electrodes, injuries to the operator and animal are avoided.


Many injuries to humans – prior to the advent of Stockstill - occurred whilst they were standing in front of an animal, e.g. bruised hands and body and, in some instances, broken bones as a result of a large beast throwing its head around.  By correct placement of electrodes, this problem has been eliminated.


Stockstill’s ability to be used for the animal’s welfare in treating feet problems, calving difficulties, etc, protects the animal from unwarranted distress as the operator can confidently and quickly deal with these issues.


As soon as animals are released from normal husbandry procedures, e.g. dehorning, castration, ear tagging, branding, etc, the animals are much calmer than those treated with more traditional restraining methods.


Stockstill has been supremely successful for thousands of users throughout the world, as our many testimonials can attest.


Text Box: A Welfare Advantage for the Animal

¨ Instant application—no pre-operative delay; begin immediately

¨ Instant release—free the animal at any time; simply switch off

¨ Safer—less chance of self-inflicted injury during restraint

¨ No residual after-effects—less post-operative risk to the animal

¨ More humane—less trauma

¨ Reduced time—total duration of handling is shortened

¨ Less infection—lower risk of wound contamination

¨ Precision—procedures may be performed as intended

Better for You, the Operator

¨ You may perform multiple tasks simultaneously

¨ Fewer delays are caused by animal mobility

¨ Even large animals are held easily

¨ Work areas remain cleaner, with minimal excrement build-up

¨ Noise levels are considerably reduced

¨ Fewer assistants are required—in number, physical strength and experience

¨ Each person may do something productive

¨ Less personal injury and down-time

¨ More basic handling facilities may be used

¨ Lower-strength handling materials may be used

¨ Stockstill is fully portable and may easily be carried to another location