Boyd Holden to showcase low stress stock handling skills at Henty

September 7, 2014


Low-stress livestock handler Boyd Holden will appear at the field days.

Low-stress handling trainer Boyd Holden will outline his theory underpinning stock handling and welfare, including the principle of “no touch and noise’’, at Henty’s Agri-Centre.

Mr Holden has delivered stock handling training throughout Australia and overseas, and worked closely with the National Meat Industry Training Advisory Council in 2012 to develop training and assessment programs for feedlots and saleyards.

He is appearing at Henty as part of the WorkCover Authority of NSW’s Alive and Well campaign, which aims to increase awareness of safety on farms.

Mr Holden has worked for Meat and Livestock Australia in the Middle East, North Africa, Russia and throughout Australia.

Over the past four years he has conducted training courses in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia.

The low-stress handling technique is based on the relationship producers have with their animals.

Mr Holden believes correct livestock handling leads to better animal welfare practices and a safer workplace, resulting in improved productivity and profit.

His demonstrations focus on the importance of understanding animal behaviour, no matter what the situation or location is.

“It’s high stress environments where accidents to both the animal and their human handlers usually happen,’’ he said.

Boyd Holden will speak at the Agri-Centre on Tuesday at 10.30am, Wednesday at 11.30am and Thursday at 10.30am, and will also be available at the Alive and Well site.