The Wave – the Secret to Keeping Calves and Lambs with Their Moms When Moving Them

For the last 8-10 years I have been working on an efficient method to move new born calves and lambs from pasture to pasture. This is something that scares many people and keeps them from managing grass at the same time they are calving/lambing. Most people will have a birthing pasture that gets hammered because the animals are parked for three to four weeks. Another ‘hazard’, is that the grass in other paddocks is growing and becomes mature by the time a person starts their grazing rotation. However, there is a way to move newborns effectively and I call that method “The Wave”. You know the "Wave" from what fans do in stadiums to amuse themselves. Here's How It Works With Livestock The first thing to do is open the gate to the new paddock. This is done so the herd can saunter through the gate instead of bunching up at the gate. If they bunch up at the gate, there is a universal tendency to rush through the gate once it is open and forget about the calves/lambs. Once the gate is open the handler then moves to the back of the group and begins a zig-zag movement. Whit Hibbard describes this very well in one of his articles. The zig-zag is very slow. The handler should stop frequently and let each mother get up. Once she is up and has gathered her young, it is time to proceed past her onto the next mother. When at the edge of the group, the handler turns around and goes back on the initial path. This movement will generate some forward

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