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How to Guide and Turn Cattle When Driving Them

By   /  August 14, 2017  /  Beef Cattle, Behavior, Livestock  /  No Comments

Here’s another step in Whit Hibbard’s series on good stockmanship using techniques developed by Bud Williams. You can see all the parts in the series here. For this article, you’ll especially want to refresh your memory by looking at “The Moves You Need to Know for Low-Stress Livestock Handling,” “Low-Stress Livestock Handling Dance Steps,” and […]

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Paddock Design and Stockmanship – Part 1

By   /  July 24, 2017  /  Behavior, Fencing, Grazing Management, Livestock  /  2 Comments

Here are some thoughts on paddock and gate set up that consider animal behavior and how we work with our livestock. Hint – those gates don’t belong in the corner.

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How to Drive Livestock Using Low-Stress Handling Techniques

By   /  June 19, 2017  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  3 Comments

Driving is one of the most common interactions we have with our livestock. Here’s how to make that less stressful for everyone involved.

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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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