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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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How Rewards and Punishment Work with Animals

By   /  October 24, 2016  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  Comments Off on How Rewards and Punishment Work with Animals

Want your stock to do something, or NOT do something? Here are the keys for “talking” to them in a way they’ll understand.

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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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