When working cattle through a squeeze chute, good handling practices can help minimize stress for animals and processing crews. Moly Manufacturing, the maker of Silencer brand hydraulic squeeze chutes, reminds producers that the animal release is just as important as the catch. Opening the head gate slowly gives the animal in the chute time to realize it can leave, resulting in a calmer release. Also, as this animal is leaving the chute, the waiting animal behind it recognizes the opportunity to move forward into the squeeze chute. This lowers the chute operator’s workload and helps reduce animal stress.