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Low-Stress Livestock Handling – Approaching Your Cows Before Driving

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Whit Hibbard has been sharing tips for how we can all improve our stockmanship skills. If you’
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Whit is a fourth generation Montana rancher who spent aobut 38 years handling cattle conventionally before making the paradigm shift to low-stress livestock handling (LSLH) as taught by Bud Williams. For the past 10 years he has studied and practice LSLH, and shares his knowledge in clinics, onsite consultations, and articles. He began publishing the Stockmanship Journal in 2012. It is the definitive source for quality information on stockmanship. Though the importance of stockmanship is becoming well recognized, until this Journal, there was no professional publication addressing the subject. Hibbard began publishing the Journal in January of 2012 to provide a consistent and efficient way to share information on stockmanship, and to serve as a forum for open, intelligent and informed dialogue. The Journal is a means for improving the level of discourse and the discipline of stockmanship. It is published twice a year in electronic form and includes articles written by experts in the field.

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  1. Rob Havard says:

    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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