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What Do Cows Eat, and Why?

By   /  April 10, 2017  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  1 Comment

On its face, this seems like a silly question. Don’t we all know what cows eat?! So when Fred Provenza, as a new professor at Utah State University, chose this question for his research focus, there were some raised eyebrows. Three decades of research later, it turns out that Dr. Provenza’s research was ground-breaking, giving […]

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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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Even Ruminants Don’t Like to Eat the Same Thing Over and Over Again

By   /  December 19, 2016  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  Comments Off on Even Ruminants Don’t Like to Eat the Same Thing Over and Over Again

Kathy’s Note: You know the feeling – eating the same thing over and over again just gets old. In fact, I remember when I was living in Kodiak, Alaska I got so tired of eating Halibut every night, that no matter what new way I figured to fix it, some nights I just didn’t want […]

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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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