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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.