Animals have always been an integral part of Missouri's farming heritage. In fact, Missouri ranks second in the country in cattle, fourth in turkeys, and among the top 10 for hogs and poultry. Despite that, there are a number of hazards pertaining to working with animals. In fact, statistics show that beef cattle farms and dairy operations are ranked second and third in injuries among all farming activities. Overall, 17 percent of all farm injuries involve animals. With great production comes great responsibility when it comes to keeping Missouri farmers safe. The top livestock safety tips are: Be calm and conscious; avoid quick movements; be patient, do not prod; move slowly around animals; be gentle; and have a planned escape route.