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Prepping for Grazing Season Part 2 – Managing Livestock Moves

We started 2023 with some articles to help you take a look at where you are and where you want to go. While you’re considering that, here’s a series of articles about getting your livestock where you want them to go.

The Economics

Let’s start with one of the reasons being able to move your animals easily is important to you: Money. Tom trains the livestock he works with to come to whistles and specific calls to make it easier to move them from one place to the next, and he’s also worked hard on his skills for driving them. You’ll see all of that at work in this piece, along with the math that showed how much money his efforts saved.

The Economics of Being Earnest About Low Stress Handling

Keeping Moms and Babies Together

Tom Kraweic also has advice for how to keep moms and offspring paired up when moving them from paddock to paddock. He even created his own technique, something he calls “The Wave” designed to start slow movement in the herd that gets all the young up and headed out with their mothers.

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

Handling Facilities – Creating What you Need for Success

Like John Marble, you may not always have someone to help you when you need to move animals into handling facilities. Or maybe you have help but you’d just like life to be easier. With that in mind, John shares these two articles about his handling facilities.

First he shows you some inexpensive tools for moving cows from the receiving pen into the handling chutes.

Enhanced Livestock Handling Facilities for the Single Man/Woman (With or Without Short Legs)

In this one, he describes how he modified his existing facilities to include a Budbox, a set up developed by Bud Williams to make handling simpler.

We Finally Get a BudBox

Whit Hibbard’s Advice on Low-Stress Livestock Handling

If you haven’t begun learning low-stress handling techniques, or you’d like to brush up on what you’re already doing, check out the complete set of instruction articles from Whit Hibbard. Whit learned from Bud Williams and does an excellent job of describing techniques you can use to be more successful working with and moving your animals. Read one a day and in just over a month, you’ll have completed the series and be ready to practice. Click to get started!


Yes, of course we have funnies this week, and it’s one of my all time favorites! 🙂 Special thanks to John Marble for sending over the link.

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Kathy Voth
Kathy Voth
I am the founder, editor and publisher of On Pasture, now retired. My career spanned 40 years of finding creative solutions to problems, and sharing ideas with people that encouraged them to work together and try new things. From figuring out how to teach livestock to eat weeds, to teaching range management to high schoolers, outdoor ed graduation camping trips with fifty 6th graders at a time, building firebreaks with a 130-goat herd, developing the signs and interpretation for the Storm King Fourteen Memorial trail, receiving the Conservation Service Award for my work building the 150-mile mountain bike trail from Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah...well, the list is long so I'll stop with, I've had a great time and I'm very grateful.

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