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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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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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How to Build a Mineral Program to Meet Your Herd’s Needs

By   /  October 5, 2020  /  Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Livestock  /  No Comments

Here are two great videos from our friends at the Beef Cattle Research Council. While they focus on cattle, some of the principles Dr. McKinnon describes can help sheep and goat producers think about and adjust their own mineral programs. If animals’ mineral needs are not met, the results are costly, and can include decreased […]

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Help Your Animals Adjust to a New Location by Feeding Familiar Foods

By   /  September 28, 2020  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  2 Comments

  One of the challenges your livestock face on a daily basis is picking out something safe to eat without the benefit of food safety labels, or any labels at all for that matter. They’ve solved this dilemma by eating what those around them eat. But when we haul them to a pasture with forages […]

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Red Clover Hay Supplementation Grows Fat Cattle

By   /  September 21, 2020  /  ARS, Beef Cattle, Livestock  /  1 Comment

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To jump right to the end of the story, researchers have found when 15% of the diet of steers in pasture was a supplement of red clover hay/ with about 3 pounds of dried distillers grain, they gained more weight than those on pasture alone – 2.45 pounds a day compared to 1.94. That’s interesting […]

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