Driving Your Herd – Better Techniques to Get Where You’re Going

Last week Tom Krawiec wrote about how much money he saved simply by using low-stress handling to drive his cattle. Since folks wanted to learn more, Whit is sharing this article on the low-stress handling techniques that made Tom's cattle drive possible. Just about everything we do with our cattle comes down to driving them someplace, whether to summer pasture and back, or into or out of the corral, or up the alley, onto the scale, or through the crowd pen and up the chute. And a really important thing to understand is that if we don’t drive our animals properly we’re going to have problems (e.g., resistance, runbacks), but if we drive them properly we should avoid creating unnecessary problems and old problems will often disappear. When done conventionally, driving can be very high stress. It often entails a lot of help, relentless pressure, noise, aggressive or barking dogs, stock whips, and racing around. Basically, we just out-gun ‘em and make ‘em go where we want with fear and force. And that’s exactly what I did for 38 years. In reality, I didn’t have a clue what I was doing, but try and tell me that at the time and I wouldn’t have listened because, of course, I knew that there was only one way to work a cow. But now I’ve learned that there’s a better way. From the low-stress livestock han

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One thought on “Driving Your Herd – Better Techniques to Get Where You’re Going

  1. As usual, Whit Hibbard does an excellent job describing good stockmanship principles. These principles take practice, but they work well in virtually every situation. If you truly care about humane handling of your livestock, take the time to read and digest all of Whit’s articles and put the information into practice. Read them over again, later, for good measure, if you are like me and things don’t sink in 100% the first time.

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