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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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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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How Does Stress Spread Through Your Herd? It’s the PEE!

By   /  August 29, 2016  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  7 Comments

If you have a male dog or cat, you know that, at least from their perspective, pee is a great way of marking their territory. Plenty of animals use pee to communicate with enemies. But “STAY AWAY” is not the only message pee can send. As researchers have discovered, it can also say “Watch out! […]

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An Animal’s Early Experience Outside Can Change Its Body Inside

By   /  August 1, 2016  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  1 Comment

The animals you’ve got could behave and eat differently and even have different internal adaptations if you give them different experiences when they’re young.

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