Whether it involves doctoring, gathering or sorting, low-stress cattle handling, from birth to harvest, ultimately boosts cattlemen’s efficiency and profitability.
Now a new DVD, released August 25, 2006, through the Cattle Learning Center, helps cattlemen learn how to immediately put low-stress cattle handling techniques to work on their operations. The Cattle Learning Center is administered by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation and funded by a grant from Pfizer Animal Health.
Low-Stress Cattle Handling is a full-length instructional piece separated into three practical learning modules: Handling cattle on horse, on foot and with dogs. The program was born from the popular live cattle-handling demonstrations at the 2006 Cattlemen’s College, held in conjunction with the Cattle Industry Annual Convention.
The learning program incorporates principles gleaned from master stockman Bud Williams, demonstrated by three expert cowboys, for low-stress handling on horseback, with stock dogs and on foot. Leading the demonstrations are:
· Curt Pate of Montana, a career cowboy, cattle producer and horse clinician who focuses on a broadened emphasis of proper cattle handling based on the low-stress principles taught by Bud Williams and legendary horseman Ray Hunt.
· Charlie Trayer of Kansas, who wears many hats as a rancher, horseman and dog trainer. His way with animals is making him a sought after and respected clinician, providing clinics and demonstrations across the country, and he’s found dogs to be irreplaceable assets on the ranch.
· Joel Ham, a 4th-generation rancher raised on a ranch in West Texas. He was inspired to learn better stockmanship skills after meeting Bud and Eunice Williams, and makes his living using these handling principles every day.
"When your cattle-handling skills are such that they actually reduce or remove stress…you save time, money and livestock—period," rancher Joel Ham explains. "That’s good business."
Cattlemen can order the DVD at www.cattlelearningcenter.org, or by calling the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association at 1-866-BEEF-USA.
The Cattle Learning Center also has available two learning modules on the economics of reproductive efficiency.