Reading A Cow’s Mind As It Learns

I can tell anyone how to train their livestock to add new foods to their diet, but sometimes, it's more than just the steps I need to share. Sometimes success involves just watching animals and trying to figure out what they might be thinking. I can't describe the process that goes on in my head, but I can show you what it looks like from my perspective with this little video. In it, you'll see an example of how I modified the training to meet my students' needs. They were afraid of the tubs where I was feeding them special treats. So to get them over their fear, we tossed in some food that they understood. A little familiar hay in an unfamiliar feed tub translates to "Oh, I get it! This is where the humans want me to eat!" I hope it will also help you to adjust your expectations. No, trainees don't run right up and eat everything we give them. They try a little at a time, let their internal feedback mechanisms work, and then with practice, they become very good at eating new foods. Enjoy! https://youtu.be/gKuzmlHX8qM If you haven't already checked out the training tips for turning your livestock into weed eaters, here's the article for you: How to Teach Livestock to Eat Weeds.

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