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Low-Stress Livestock Handling – Starting Herd Movement For a Successful Drive

By   /  January 14, 2019  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  1 Comment

For the past few years, Whit Hibbard has been sharing a series of articles on Low-Stress Livestock Handling (LSLH). We’ve gathered these articles as one of our Special Collections so you can see them all. Stay tuned as we’ll be sharing a number of new articles in upcoming issues of On Pasture. Driving—the active process […]

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Outsmarting Wild Cattle Part 3

By   /  December 10, 2018  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  2 Comments

This year I switched from being a year-round cow-calf operation to being a seasonal heifer developer, one of the biggest issues I had was with temperament. Heifers that are new to my operation can be flighty and less calm than a herd I’ve worked with over the years. Here is part 3 of the skills […]

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Outsmarting Wild Cattle – Part 2

By   /  December 3, 2018  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  7 Comments

The cattle business can be hard on your self-esteem. It’s tough when in spite of all your schooling, knowledge, experience and success, you get outwitted by an animal that poops in its food. This is happening to me a lot less frequently now that I have been through a few years of learning the hard […]

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Outsmarting Wild Cattle – Part 1

By   /  November 26, 2018  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  17 Comments

Meg is back with some more about the skills she’s developing and practicing as she grows her cattle operation. This time she’s sharing her experience working with newly purchased heifers and techniques she used to move them more easily through pastures.

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Improve Your Stockmanship by Understanding the Flight Zone

By   /  September 17, 2018  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  5 Comments

We’ve all seen those diagrams of the flight zone. But sometimes seeing a group of animals demonstrate how it works is a lot more helpful. That’s what this video does for us. Yes, it is sheep, but the same principles hold when you’re working with cattle. Though I mostly work with cattle, I like this […]

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