Feed Lot

APR-MAY 2017

Feedlots and cow/calf operations in the beef industry who feed 500 or more has annually on grains and concentrates; maintain 500 or more beef cows; backgrounder, stocker/grower, preconditioner; veterinarian, nutritionist, consultant

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throttle and other controls all operate as designed. Ensure that mud or other debris is removed from all surfaces and controls to ensure safe operation. • Operate—Avoid driving around hillsides with slopes greater than 15 degrees. Be sure to drive straight up or down the hill in these situations. Keep all four wheels on the ground at all times, drive at the appropriate speed, and watch for loose soil, slip- pery surfaces and uneven terrain. • Balance—Keep your center of gravity positioned ap- propriately for the conditions, avoid quick turns and keep loads tied down so they cannot shift or injure you. When towing, use only the hitch provided and tow less than the maximum allowed weight. Drive s lower, make wider turns and brake cautiously. • Road Surface—Additional caution is needed when driving from an unpaved to a paved surface. The traction changes suddenly and handling adjustments are necessary. Follow regular highway driving rules when on roads with other vehicles. Be sure brake, tail, head lights and turn signals are all operational. • Be Sober—Alcohol and certain prescription drugs can affect your reflexes. These don't mix with driving an ATV. ATV's can be fun, but the joy is gone forever if you or a family member is seriously injured while driving for pleasure or as a part of regular work duties. These simple tips can save a life and prevent debilitating in- juries that shatter a person's quality of life, security and future earnings. Don Tyler is the owner of Tyler & Associates man- agement coaching and President of Good Day's Work safety training. For more information on these and other employee management topics, contact him at 765-490-0353 or don@gooddayswork.ag FL

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