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Stress Spreads: What’s Pee Got To Do With It?

By   /  July 26, 2021  /  2 Comments

You may have noticed that when a few animals get stressed, others do too, or that a normally calm group of animals just isn’t the same when you add a Nervous Nelly. Here’s what could be going on.

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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.

2 Comments

  1. Curt Gesch says:

    I try not to herd (follow) my animals, but lead them to a new paddock, to new hay in the corral, etc.

    By the way, I believe my oldest cow, named Cow, thinks that a good pee helps her think things through.

    (When I was on the board of an educational institution, we would have a coffee break if things were getting tense. I don’t know about the women, but the men–older men–would line up at the urinals soon after even a sip of coffee. Then small talk and some discussion of the topic took place. It worked.) Maybe cows need to have a communal pee sometimes, too.

  2. Chip Hines says:

    Disposition, disposition, disposition. More and more we understand the importance of this trait. Usually we think of disposition as a cow much worse than just nervousness.

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