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Why ranchers should understand 'low-stress' cattle handling

Article-Why ranchers should understand 'low-stress' cattle handling

Developing skills that limit stress on cattle require beef producers to first understand cattle behavior. Here is why ranchers should understand ‘low-stress’ cattle handling and learn how to implement the management practice in their operations.

The term "low-stress" cattle handling evokes some confusion about what that actually is, says Grant Dewell, ISU Extension beef veterinarian, in a recent ISU Growing Beef Newsletter.

Dewell says confusion stems from different handling techniques that have been promoted as reducing stress. Fundamentally, these different techniques can be low stress as long as they are implemented in a way that reduces stress for cattle.

"Even the best designed system -- if used wrong -- will be stressful for cattle," Dewell writes. "The basic principle for low stress handling is to work with cattle's natural behavior to get the desired effect instead of against it.”

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