Category Archives: Low Stress Livestock Handling

Proper stockmanship, the Bud Williams’ way

 If you want to build trust in your cattle, apply the right kind of pressure on them and learn to take two steps back By Jennifer Blair via Canadian Cattlemen Tina Williams and Richard McConnell have learned that less is … Continue reading

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Biology vs. psychology – and three schools of cattle handling

As a livestock owner with tasks to juggle and a short time in which to juggle them, I understand weighing the options for the biggest time benefit. The cowboy side of me also realizes the more time I spend in … Continue reading

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Improving transportation of calves

Back in “the day” (the ‘go go’ days of the tax shelter cowboy-just prior to the wreck of ’74) the fad was buying light cattle down in the deep South and trucking them to feedlots in California. Poor little critters … Continue reading

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8 Steps For Stress-Free Handling Of Cattle On The Range

by Temple Grandin via Beef   On western ranges under drought conditions, ranchers and range managers are becoming increasingly interested in placing groups of cattle away from riparian areas and inducing them to stay without the use of fences. Bud … Continue reading

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Stockmanship and animal welfare at initial calf processing

Many of the progressive and extensive operations today have started using a piece of equipment called the “Nord Fork,” designed originally by Nord Hill of Idaho. Any of you guys ever worked with one of these “gizmos?” If so, please … Continue reading

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Low-stress herding boosts herd instinct, decreases predation

 Stockmanship isn’t about being kinder and gentler so much as learning to see it from the cattle’s point of view and acting accordingly. Back in the early days (when it was still properly called the Savory Grazing Method (SGM)) one … Continue reading

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Low-stress cattle handling is not low-pressure cattle handling

“Just getting them to move and do what you want them to do, that’s stockmanship. But when I take stockmanship to the next level and use that to actually manage the psychology and well-being of an animal, that’s low-stress handling.” … Continue reading

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It’s possible to pasture cattle without using fences

…it’s important to ride through cattle a lot, without making them do anything. “This puts them at ease, and they won’t automatically take off when they see someone on horseback,” he says. It’s important that the cattle are used to … Continue reading

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Ranch Diaries: Why we manage our cattle horseback

 High Country News is mostly devoted to spittle chinned Marxists. (I subscribe in order to keep up with what the enemy is up to.) But on rare occasion, they publish a pretty good article. This happens to be one of those. … Continue reading

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Allowing 2,200 Head Of Cattle To Act As A Herd

by Bob Kinford A recent stockmanship school in Australia allowed me to get much of the footage in this video. The herd included 2,200 head of  branded Brahmas plus around 300 head of unbranded cattle. As participants in this school … Continue reading

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