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How Do Animals Choose Where to Graze and Find the Best Forage and Water?

By   /  November 16, 2020  /  Behavior, Livestock  /  2 Comments

Thirty years of research by Dr. Fred Provenza and his colleagues at Utah State University shows us that what we’ve always thought about how animals choose what to eat and where to live doesn’t work the way we thought it did. How it actually works has completely changed my life. In fact, it’s why you’re […]

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How Good Are You at Assessing Animal Temperament?

By   /  October 26, 2020  /  Beef Cattle, Behavior, Livestock  /  No Comments

Thanks to University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s BeefWatch, and  Jamie Parham and Dr. Ronald M. Lewis, UNL Professor of Animal Breeding and Genomics for this article. Some edits were made to fit On Pasture’s style guide. We also added UNL chute behavior videos so you can test your skills. Temperament is an animal’s behavioral response to handling […]

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Answers to Temperament Scores

By   /  October 26, 2020  /  Beef Cattle, Behavior, Livestock, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

1. Temperament Score – 5 2. Temperament Score – 3 3. Temperament Score – 2 4. Temperament Score – 4 5. Temperament Score – 1

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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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