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A Nurse Cow Can Help Settle Stocker Calves

  Grass-fed-only receiving method uses nurse cows to settle calves instead of a human handler.

Todd Churchill doesn't like being Bud Williams to newly arrived stocker cattle.

Williams taught thousands of people - either directly or indirectly through his family and disciples - to get newly arrived calves up and walk them around and teach them to trust their human caretaker and teach them where the feed and water are.

Churchill, who is president and co-owner of Thousand Hills Cattle Company, says Williams was a great mentor and actually gave him this idea for settling stocker calves.

"I am just pushing the envelope even further than Bud did," Churchill says. "Walking the stress off calves absolutely works and it is exactly the right thing to do when receiving calves. However, I watched the way cows provide 'babysitters' for the calves while they go off and graze, and how calm and relaxed those calves are all day without mom, as long as the babysitter cow is close by. That gave me the idea that maybe I could make Bud's method even simpler by using a nurse cow instead of myself to walk them around."

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