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Low-Stress Livestock Handling Clinics With Whit Hibbard and Dawn Hnatow

Whit Hibbard is a fourth generation Montana rancher and editor of Stockmanship Journal. Dawn Hnatow is Bud Williams’ senior student.

For more information, contact Whit Hibbard at stockmanshipjournal@gmail.com

Principles, Techniques & Practical Applications

Low-stress livestock handling has been shown to improve performance (i.e., weight gain, conception rate, milk yield, immune function and carcass quality), as well as efficiency, safety, animal welfare, and quality of life, all with no additional inputs!

Introductory clinic

The introductory clinic will focus on answering three basic questions: (a) What is low-stress livestock handling?, (b) Why is it important?, and (c) How to do it? This indoor, powerpoint-based clinic will cover a great deal of material and provide people with an understanding of the principles, techniques, and practical applications of low-stress livestock handling so they will be able to go home and put it to practice. See below for clinic curriculum.

Dates: March 1&2, 2019

Location: Hampton Inn, Sulphur Springs, Texas

Schedule: 8:30am – 5:30pm

Accommodations: Hampton Inn (903) 439-4646. Ask for “Stockmanship School” group rate ($85/night).

Meals: Lunches provided

Cost: $500 per person

Registration:  A deposit of $100 is required by January 14. Please send your check, made payable to Cattle Up Ranch, to:  P.O. Box 1477, Sulphur Springs, TX   75483

Intermediate clinic

The intermediate clinic will focus on refinement and skill building. (A prerequisite is having attended an introductory low-stress livestock handling or stockmanship clinic.) After a brief review of fundamentals, this indoor, powerpoint-based clinic will focus on deepening and expanding peoples’ understanding of the principles, techniques, and practical applications of low-stress livestock handling. See below for clinic curriculum.

Dates: March 7&8, 2019

Location: Hampton Inn, Sulphur Springs, Texas

Schedule: 8:30am – 5:30pm

Accommodations: Hampton Inn (903) 439-4646. Ask for “Stockmanship School” group rate.

Meals: Lunches provided

Cost: $500 per person

Registration:  A deposit of $100 is required by February 20. Please send your check, made payable to Cattle Up Ranch, to:  P.O. Box 1477, Sulphur Springs, TX   75483

Introductory Clinic Outline

  1. Stockmanship: The big picture
  2. Origins of LSLH
  3. Conventional versus LSLH
  4. The case for LSLH
  5. Stress
  6. Foundations: Mindset, attitude, “reading,” “working” and “preparing” animals
  7. Twelve Principles
  8. Ten Techniques
  9. Misconceptions
  10. Practical applications:
  • Driving
  • Driving pairs
  • Gathering
  • Settling
  • Corral work
  • Sorting
  • Facilities
  • Crowd pens (v-shaped, tubs, BudBoxes)
  • Chute work
  • Scale loading
  • Loading out
  • Trailer loading

Intermediate Clinic Outline

  1. Fundamentals review
  2. Driving: Part II
  3. Corral work: Part II
  4. Receiving and acclimating
  5. Fenceline weaning
  6. Calf health (Riding for health, not sickness)
  7. LSLH and range management
  8. Placing
  9. Q&A

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