Low-Stress = More Forage and Higher Weaning Weights

Steve Leonard is a private range and riparian management consultant. As an ecologist and a former Grazing Management Specialist for the National Riparian Service Team, he’s had the opportunity to evaluate grazing management and its impact on several thousand miles of streams. At one time, he was convinced that riding alone could not keep cattle off riparian areas for any length of time. His experiences with herding were to chase cows off riparian areas only to have them return as soon as he was out of sight. Some of Steve’s colleagues persisted in the notion that it could be done if low-stress stockmanship and placement techniques were used correctly. Steve was convinced they were dealing with very unique situations and remained doubtful. He refused to include stockmanship techniques in his course on Grazing Management for Riparian Areas. He was finally convinced to take a stockmanship course and judge for himself. Steve says he couldn’t have been more wrong in his initial perceptions. Since taking the course, he’s had many opportunities to use low-stress stockmanship techniques and help clients apply these techniques. He’s become such an advocate that sometimes he’s accused of being a fanatic. Popular livestock journals and papers are full of articles on the negative impacts of stress on animal health and productivity. Low-stress sto

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One thought on “Low-Stress = More Forage and Higher Weaning Weights

  1. This is a great strategy for open range lands that can’t be fenced easily. Will you be able to do future articles with more detail on the techniques? And also, some BEHAVE information which could be valuable to livestock people all over the country? Chip

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