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BudBoxes vs. Tub Systems: Which is Easier to Use?

By   /  January 9, 2017  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  4 Comments

Last week Whit busted the myth that distractions cause animals to balk in handling systems.  This week he address which handling systems work best. When asked about the differences between tubs and BudBoxes, Temple Grandin claims that BudBoxes are skill dependent, whereas the tubs are not. In other words, she believes that it takes less […]

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Are Distractions In Handling Pens the Real Reason Cattle Balk?

By   /  January 2, 2017  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  8 Comments

Whit Hibbard tests Temple Grandin’s theory that eliminating distractions like shadows and flapping tarps is critical to cattle moving smoothly through handling chutes. Here’s why he thinks the theory doesn’t hold up.

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How to Load Cattle Onto a Trailer in Pasture Without a Chute

By   /  December 12, 2016  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  3 Comments

On Pasture recently received the following inquiry from a reader: With Bud Williams’ methods, is it possible to load cattle into a trailer in a pasture with no chute? If so, could you write an article on how this could be done? We had to load cattle onto a trailer recently since they escaped. We […]

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Low-Stress Livestock Handling – Approaching Your Cows Before Driving

By   /  October 10, 2016  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  1 Comment

Whit Hibbard has been sharing tips for how we can all improve our stockmanship skills. If you’ve missed anything in this series, here are links to all the articles. Let’s talk about driving our livestock because just about everything we do with our cows in particular comes down to driving, whether to summer pasture or […]

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Low-Stress Livestock Handling “Dance Steps”

By   /  October 3, 2016  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  Comments Off on Low-Stress Livestock Handling “Dance Steps”

Kathy’s Note: Ever since I attended a Bud Williams Low-Stress Livestock Handling workshop, I’ve thought of the process as a kind of dance where the livestock are my partners, and we use body language to get where I want them to go – them watching mine and me watching theirs. Whit Hibbard has been sharing […]

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