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An animal is considered to be mis-caught if one of the following occur:
A. The animal is improperly restrained on the first attempt
B. The head gate is not closed behind the ears and in front of the shoulders
C. At least one hoof is not touching the floor inside the chute after restraint
D. More than one animal is in the chute, including any part of the subsequent animal that is caught in the tailgate
We adopted the above definition from the Beef Quality Assurance Cow-Calf Assessment and it is the one you should use in the repeatability test.
However, within this definition, it is unclear how to score instances when the subsequent cow enters the chute and backs out without the tailgate closing on her.
We suggest refining the definition regarding the subsequent animal to be considered a mis-catch only if 1 or more of her hooves are touching the floor inside the chute when the procedure begins.