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Geier HitchFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaJump to: navigation,searchBulls are driven about in the same manner as other cattleThe Geier Hitch is an outmoded and seldom-used tool or technique formerly used in livestock management. It is a low-tech means of controlling a bull during handling or transport by means of a rope affixed to its nose ring and around its scrotum. The Geier Hitch should not be confused with the cow hitch, although the cow hitch may be a useful component of the Geier Hitch.[citation needed]Contents1 Tying the Geier Hitch2 Safety considerations3 Origins, ethics and current status4 See also5 References6 External links[edit] Tying the Geier HitchThis section does not cite any references or sources.Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (June 2010)The basic principle of the Geier Hitch is the attachment of a rope or stout cord through a nose ring installed through the septum or nostril of the nose of the animal, utilizing a bowline or double half hitch knot. The other end of the rope or stout cord is drawn tautly against the belly of the beast and wound around the scrotum at the base of the testicles, where it is tied in a firm knot and exerts pressure and induces stress. Properly installed, the Geier Hitch will cause tension and pain if the animal gets out of control and begins running, bucking or throwing its head. The exact form of knot used at the scrotal end of the Geier Hitch depends upon the age and value of the subject animal. The slip knot may be used where damage from over-tightening is an acceptable risk; otherwise, a stable knot such as a bowline knot would be used.[edit] Safety considerationsWith very few strong cattle crushes available before 1980[1] and only some head bails[2] on farms, extreme care would have been needed to apply and remove this hitch to the scrotum of a bull. They are capable of inflicting serious injury with a kick. Even with the use of a cattle crush, they are still capable of kicking.The most common and simple method of leading bullsDuring the transportation of the animal using the Geier Hitch, care should be taken to avoid frightening or startling the animal, as any grass-eating mammal has a strong flight reflex. Instances of castration or other grave injury to the reproductive organs, while rare, are known to have occurred to startled animals as a result of use of the Geier Hitch. Other, less risky, means of controlling the animal should be considered before implementing the Geier Hitch. The price of steers normally is well below the price of bulls put out to stud; the inadvertent conversion of the bull to a steer is to be avoided.[edit] Origins, ethics and current statusThe first known use of the Geier Hitch in the United States was by Ed Geier and Fred Geier and witnessed by Ralph Geier in Boon Lake Township, Renville County and Lynn Township near Otter Lake, McLeod County, Minnesota during the Great Depression. (See article on West Lynn Creamery,christian louboutin sale, McLeod County History Book]], pp. 150-51 (1978)). The Geier Hitch has been challenged ethically as constituting animal abuse due to infliction of unnecessary pain on the animal. Due to the availability of other more humane means of animal control, the Geier Hitch is rarely used today.Most bulls do not have nose rings unless they are to be exhibited. They are generally driven or herded in the same way as other cattle would be. [3] Most modern cattle breeders recognize the importance of looking after expensive bulls that are expected to improve herds.[edit] See alsoNose ring[edit] References^ Warwick Cattle Crush Co.: http://www.starkeng.com.au/cattle.html^ Squeeze chutes Retrieved on 12 November 2008^ W. A. Beattie, Beef Cattle Breeding and Management, Popular Books, 1990United States Department of Agriculture, Year Book 1922 (GPO 1923), at pp. 281-297 (concerning the Minnesota dairy industry generally), 320-338 (bull management, culling and castration)Handling and Housing Cattle, Agriculture Information Sheet No. 35 (HSE January 1999), published by Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Suffolk, UK, at pp. 3-4 http://www.hsebooks.co.ukC. Dalton, Noseringing a Bull, in Growing Today (http://www.lifestyleblock.co.nz/articles/cattle/20_noseringing_bull.htm)K. Ruble, Men To Remember: How 100,000 Neighbors Made History [the story of Land O'Lakes ] (Lakeside Press, 1947), at pp. 226-280 (future of the dairy industry), 295-98 (bull management and subsidization of artificial insemination by the dairy cooperatives)M. Cotter & B. Jackson,designer shoes, Growing Up on a Minnesota Farm (Arcadia Publishing Co., 2001), at pp. 35-41 (the flight reflex of grass-eating mammals), 112-16 (bull calf management)The Jamesway Company, The Jamesway Book (1930), pp. 30-44 (dangers of on-farm bull handling; technology of bull pens, nose rings and bull staffs)McLeod County Historical Society, McLeod County (Minnesota) History Book 1978 (Taylor Publishing Co., Dallas,ysl shoes, Texas 1979),christian louboutin shoes, pp. 150-151 (origins of the Geier Hitch)W. Ebeling, The Fruited Plain: The Story of American Agriculture (U.Cal.Press 1979), at pp. 30-34 (demise of the family farm), 200-202 (beef cattle in the Upper Midwest)R. Dantzer, P.Mormede: Stress in farm animals: A need for reevaluation. J Anim Sci 57:6-8, 1983.[edit] External linksBull management: http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/agriculture/livestock/beef/breeding/bulls/bull-managementBull Purchasing and Management: http://www.thecattlesite.com/articles/717/bull-purchasing-and-managementBud Williams Stockmanship Schools: http://www.stockmanship.com/stockmanship.htmRetrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geier_Hitch"Categories: Domesticated animals | Livestock | Animal crueltyHidden categories: All articles with unsourced statements | Articles with unsourced statements from April 2008 | Articles needing additional references from June 2010 | All articles needing additional referencesPersonal toolsNew featuresLog in / create accountNamespacesArticleDiscussionVariantsViewsReadEditView historyActionsSearchNavigationMain pageContentsFeatured contentCurrent eventsRandom articleInteractionAbout WikipediaCommunity portalRecent changesContact WikipediaDonate to WikipediaHelpToolboxWhat links hereRelated changesUpload fileSpecial pagesPermanent linkCite this pagePrint/exportCreate a bookDownload as PDFPrintable version This page was last modified on 26 June 2010 at 05:09.Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License;additional terms may apply.See Terms of Use for details.Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization.Contact usPrivacy policyAbout WikipediaDisclaimers

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