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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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How to Guide and Turn Cattle When Driving Them

By   /  August 14, 2017  /  Beef Cattle, Behavior, Livestock  /  1 Comment

Here’s another step in Whit Hibbard’s series on good stockmanship using techniques developed by Bud Williams. You can see all the parts in the series here. For this article, you’ll especially want to refresh your memory by looking at “The Moves You Need to Know for Low-Stress Livestock Handling,” “Low-Stress Livestock Handling Dance Steps,” and […]

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