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Definitions of Holistic Management and Low-Stress Livestock Handling

Ben Bartlett practices low-stress animal handling with some reindeer at LARS in Fairbanks. He's using a water bottle on a stick to appear as large as the reindeer and with their antlers.
Ben Bartlett practices low-stress animal handling with some reindeer at LARS in Fairbanks. He’s using a water bottle on a stick to appear as large as the reindeer and with their antlers.

Ben Bartlett is a retired Michigan State University extension agent.  He and his wife, Denise, raise sheep and stocker cattle on their 900 acre farm on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  In this video you see him on one of his visits to Alaska where he shares great definitions of Holistic Management and Low-stress Livestock Handling and why they are especially important the more challenging your environment becomes.  Plus you’ll see a different version of livestock, with reindeer roaming in the background and Ben interacting with one of the musk oxen at the Large Animal Research Station in Fairbanks.

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Kathy Voth
Kathy Vothhttps://onpasture.com
I am the founder, editor and publisher of On Pasture, now retired. My career spanned 40 years of finding creative solutions to problems, and sharing ideas with people that encouraged them to work together and try new things. From figuring out how to teach livestock to eat weeds, to teaching range management to high schoolers, outdoor ed graduation camping trips with fifty 6th graders at a time, building firebreaks with a 130-goat herd, developing the signs and interpretation for the Storm King Fourteen Memorial trail, receiving the Conservation Service Award for my work building the 150-mile mountain bike trail from Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah...well, the list is long so I'll stop with, I've had a great time and I'm very grateful.

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  1. This is a nice, concise explanation by Ben Bartlett of what holistically planned grazing is and it is a good follow up to Troy Bishop’s articles about winter stockpile grazing where he uses Holistic Management grazing charts. Thanks for making the loop with theory and practice. As Ben says, it is a “learned technique” and your coverage helps us in that learning. Thanks again.

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