How to Load Cattle Onto a Trailer in Pasture Without a Chute

On Pasture recently received the following inquiry from a reader: With Bud Williams’ methods, is it possible to load cattle into a trailer in a pasture with no chute? If so, could you write an article on how this could be done? We had to load cattle onto a trailer recently since they escaped. We had no pens or chutes so we ended up roping and pulling cattle into the trailer. I was wondering if there is a better way to do this? We queried Whit Hibbard, publisher and editor of Stockmanship Journal and student of Bud William’s teachings, who said he could provide an answer. Here it is. _______ You pose two questions. The short answer to the first question—“With Bud Williams’ methods, is it possible to load cattle onto a trailer in a pasture with no chute?”—is yes. I personally asked Bud, the originator of “low-stress livestock handling,"how he would load cattle into a trailer in the open. He replied that he would work with them first. “Working” with cattle invo

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3 thoughts on “How to Load Cattle Onto a Trailer in Pasture Without a Chute

  1. I seen ranchers with cattle who are trained to electrified fence take the polytwine and hold it between them. Cattle didn’t know there was no shock and loaded rather than touch the polytwine held between two people.

    I watched two ranchers cut and load in a short time frame with cattle that were gentle but not tame.

  2. Nice read, I think the real meaning of low stress handling. Should be looked at from the person who is doing it, not just from the cattle side. Meaning I know what that animal will do if I do the wrong thing. I know what that animal will do if I do the right thing. I try to do more right things than wrong. Thinking a head will be a great help know what you want to do. Be positive, and if not at first, keep trying with out getting upset. If up set go to the house. Been using LSLH for years, LIFE changing Thanks Bud and Eunice I call it proper stockmanship

  3. The question in my mind isn’t “Is there a better way to load cattle than to rope them and drag them on,” it’s “is there a worse way?” Just about anything would be better.

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