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Low-Stress Livestock Handling Part 2 – Observation, Driving and Parallel Movement With a Focus on Sheep

By   /  October 19, 2020  /  Behavior, Livestock, Sheep  /  No Comments

Last week we shared a video from Boyd Holden about best practices for low-stress sheep handling. Boyd is an animal handling consultant from Australia who covers handling of both cattle and sheep in a series of training videos. I appreciate his approach of starting from the beginning and then sharing techniques in little chunks like […]

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Tools Explained

By   /  October 19, 2020  /  The Funnies  /  2 Comments

From some friends on Facebook – these descriptions explain perfectly the way I’ve seen these tools used! DRILL PRESS: A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your beer across the room, denting the freshly-painted project which […]

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Farmer Manages Variety and Builds Resilience Through Soil Health

By   /  October 12, 2020  /  Pasture Health, Soil  /  No Comments

Thanks to the South Dakota Soil Health Coalition for this article! South Dakota is known for its variety, and Don Nickelson’s operation in Frederick is no exception. With the help of his wife, Trista, and sons Aiden, Gavin, and Ian, Nickelson raises cattle and grows corn, soybeans, oats, triticale, alfalfa and cover crops. His farm […]

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Why do we do it this way? How can we do it better?

By   /  October 12, 2020  /  The Scoop  /  No Comments

When I’m up against a challenge, I have some questions that I ask myself: Why do we do it this way? How can we do it better? What is another right answer? That last question, “What is another right answer?” is a principle for creativity and problem solving that I learned from Dewitt Jones. Dewitt […]

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Low-Stress Livestock Handling – Best Practices for Sheep Part 1

By   /  October 12, 2020  /  Behavior, Livestock, Sheep  /  4 Comments

If you’ve been reading On Pasture for very long, you’ve certainly seen Whit Hibbard’s articles sharing the ins and outs of moving cattle and other livestock. But sometimes it helps to see the principles in action. So here’s a video prepared by our friends down under, with the help of animal handling consultant Boyd Holden. […]

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