Low-Stress Livestock Handling – Approaching Your Cows Before Driving

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  1. Thanks Whit,

    I had a small mob of 35 escape through a rotten fence on a rented property the other day. They were obviously quite excited to be out and we 1 day new to me so they had only really been introduced to a bit of calm driving the day before to say hello. I was on my own, on foot, in a 150 acre field trying to move them. I did it in the end by getting them steady but before this they were marching off faster than I could walk in a direction and walking a parallel line next to them to head them was pushing them on. The temptation is to get closer to them to head them quick but in the middle of a large field this just pushes them the other way. Would it be OK to jog ahead as long as I angled away from them to keep pressure off or is it just best to let them settle and slowly make a good approach and start from there?

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