The students do a report on what they learned or observed in the stockmanship days. I thought these were real good observations. Liam came from a logging background and had a real fresh and open mind. He created positive pressure for animals and people.
Low Stress Cattle handling
Sept 27 2018
• calm yet direct approach toward cattle
• 3 types of pressure. Drive, draw and maintain
• Cattle don’t like pressure from behind because they cannot see where you are.
• Cattle have two mind states. Reaction and thinking
• Cattle only think about one thing at a time
• Always have gates with the flow of cattle
• When sorting cattle, it is a good idea to have a numbering system to avoid need for communication in loud conditions
• Bud box is a effective way to move cattle thru shoots
• Hotshots are a effective way to move cattle when you cannot create more forward pressure then they feel backward
• A release off pressure can be just as effective as a driving pressure
• Being on horse can be an advantage by being able to see above cattle and the cows in front
• Pneumonia is a result of an infection that was already present in the cattle
• Sub Q needles should be 5/8”-1/4”
• A new needle should be used every time it is used to refill from a bottle
• Colostrum must be sucked within 12 hours of birth
• Multi shot syringe is to be cleaned with hot water only
• Vaccines should be spaced 10cm apart or a hand width
• Synovex c implant can increase calf crop by 25%
This is a video Herman to and it shows how his horse bobbing its head put too much pressure on the geese and caused them to fly. Our cattle don’t fly, so I don’t think we see that we are having an effect on the animals fear or aggravation level, but we are.
This is a great example of the effect of just a little change in pressure causing a reaction on one animal and feeding through the whole herd.