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Ron Gill and I presented demos at the NCBA Trade Show on working with younger calves. We tried to show several styles with proper Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) protocols and animal welfare the priority in all of them. We had lots of good help.

Todd McCartney and Tom Curtin are horseback in the photo. Ron Gill and Chuck Cogsgrove of Anitrace are doing the tagging. Dean Fish and myself are doing the real work on the ground crew.  It all went pretty good, there were a few times when things got a little out of hand but that is real life, you should always learn from each situation.  The cattle and horses were real good to work with.

~ Curt Pate

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VIDEO: 2014 Cattlemen’s College Stockmanship & Stewardship Demo

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Curt is spending this week in Nashville, TN at the 2014 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and NCBA Tradeshow. As he has done for the past several years for the Beef Quality Assurance program, Curt, along with Ron Gill of Texas, are putting on Stockmanship & Stewardship demonstrations at the convention for attendees. This year one of their demonstrations was part of the NCBA’s 2014 Cattlemen’s College.

You can watch a video of some of the cattle handling footage in the YouTube video below. You can read more about the event in this great write-up by Drovers Cattlenetwork found HERE.

Thanks to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association for the great footage!

Time well spent with United Farmers of Alberta

I have spent most of the month of January in Canada.  United Farmers of Alberta is a farmer owned co-op that hosts a series of “Cattlemen’s Colleges” each year and I spoke about cattle handling.

They were great learning experiences for me.  The speakers were top notch. Marketing, finance, nutrition, forage management, and best calving practices were presented.  I did not hear one sales pitch to buy anything from the store.  One  speaker on nutrition explained how a certain blue block of salt had little value nutritionally, and was like licking metal in the subzero temperature.  He recommended loose salt added to mineral to get the best value and health from the purchase of salt.  That was real good information, but the funny thing was the store was giving away several blue salt blocks for door prizes.  Now that’s humor!

I think it is real smart what they were doing.  If I owned a store I would want my customers to be educated enough to purchase things that made them a profit.  It is in the store’s best interest to help the customer become a professional beef producer.  The more they learn and implement for-profit practices, the longer they will be in business, and when you are profitable it allows for more expansion.

Knowledge is the first step, then learning how to use the knowledge. Then keeping that knowledge and skill learned in practice and improving is the big challenge.  This kind of beef production is what it is going to take to get it done in this era of ranching.  This is also what the consumer of beef wants, a producer that treats and cares for the environment and the livestock up to their moral standards.

I am a little embarrassed when I speak in front of the Canadian rancher.  They are good people that have had a tough go of it.  You can’t believe how bad they felt for the South Dakota storm victims.  These are the same ranchers that R-CALF and other groups has cost thousands of dollars.

I am not a political person.  I am a dedicated proponent of the proper production of beef.  If you are Mexican, Canadian, or from the U.S., we all are North Americans and if we can work together it sure seems like a lot better way to go about it.

I look at this in the same way as I look at neighboring in ranch country.  I’ll bring my crew to your branding and you bring yours to mine.  If there is a range fire we all go to it and help each other by putting it out, no matter whose land it is.  In the Southern U.S. they put everyone’s cattle together in groups to improve the marketing of the cattle. Good neighbors help each other, no matter if it costs them a little, because at some point it may save them a lot, and I am not talking only financially.

I’ve seen quite a few people bad mouth their neighbor when they weren’t around, and then not say a thing when they are present, but they can’t look them in the eye.

So all you folks that are for putting politics in to the beef industry, go to it.  I hope it’s not to just raise money for your organization or cause.  I am going to stay with doing the right thing for the industry, not for my own selfish greed.

If you get in a bind and need some help give me a call.  I bet I can get some of my Canadian ranching friends to come help us out of a tough spot.  You see there are some things you don’t learn at a Cattlemen’s College.  It’s called doing what’s right, it’s called integrity, it used to be the “Code of the West.”

~ Curt Pate

Horsemanship Clinics for Stockmen planned for September 24, 25

save the date horsmanship clinics for stockmen

Featuring Curt Pate, Ken McNabb, Ted Howard, Dr. Tom Noffsinger, and Dr. Kip Lukasiewicz

The clinicians will demonstrate basic horsemanship principles, cattle handling techniques, tack evaluations and safety and much more. Processing and treatment crews will have the opportunity to discuss handler activities working on foot to empty pens, sort, acclimate and process cattle.

There will be two clinics and both will start with registration at 8:30am. The clinic will run from 9:00am – 4:00pm at the following locations:

  • Tuesday, September 24 in the Kiplinger Arena, McCook, NE
  • Wednesday, September 25 at the Scott County Fairgrounds, Scott City, KS

Admittance costs $100 per person or $400 per organization and will be collected at the door. Lunch is provided.

RSVP today by calling (785-673-9572) or emailing (kelly.terrell@pacdvms.com).

For more information visit: http://pacdvms.com/

2013 Mississippi Cattlemen’s College

This video shares some of the sights from the 2013 Mississippi Cattlemen’s College. Curt put on several Stockmanship and Stewardship demonstrations as part of this year’s event for the MS Cattlemen’s Association on August 27-30.

‘The Angus Report’ Explores Stockmanship on Aug. 12

Tune to RFD-TV Monday at 7:30 a.m. CST to hear from experts Curt Pate and Ron Gill.

TAR_Stockmanship_02Most cattlemen would agree that proper animal handling is a top priority. But how does that translate into everyday tasks on the ranch? The Angus Report, a 30-minute news program geared toward cattle producers, leads that discussion at 7:30 a.m. CST (8:30 a.m. EST) next Monday, Aug. 12 on RFD-TV.

During the special episode, The Angus Report’s Crystal Albers is joined by renowned stockmen Curt Pate and Ron Gill. Both experts host livestock handling workshops around the country on behalf of the checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program.

Curt Pate“To me, when you are in charge of caring for an animal, it is our duty to give that animal the best care that you can – no matter what,” Pate says. “If we look at it from a profit standpoint, it makes it so much easier to implement that good care.”

The BQA program outlines 10 keys to effective cattle handling, and The Angus Report shares tips on each of those guidelines. The experts also explain the economic benefits associated with low stress animal handling, including a stronger immune system, increased rate of gain and higher conception rates.

Proper stewardship can provide a safer environment for those working on the ranch, as well: “When we improve the welfare of the cattle, we also improve the well being of the people working the cattle, so it all ties together,” Gill says.

The Angus Report airs at 7:30 a.m. CST each Monday on RFD-TV, which is distributed by more than 625 cable operations, and can be found on DirecTV channel 345 and Dish Network channel 231. Check local listings for more information. To learn more or to watch segments from past shows, visit http://www.ANGUS.org.

This episode of The Angus Report is brought to you by your beef checkoff-funded BQA program. To learn more about your Beef Checkoff Program, visit MyBeefCheckoff.com. To learn more about cattle handling and care, visit BQA.org.

For more information on The Angus Report contact, Jena Thompson, assistant director of public relations, at 816-383-5100 or jthompson@angus.org.

For more information about Angus cattle and the American Angus Association, visit http://www.ANGUS.org.

Two Stockmanship Events Coming Up in Colorado, July 1-2

18-DSC_0394Two upcoming Stockmanship and Stewardship events on July 1st (8am to 2pm MST) at the Cargill-Yuma Feedyard in Yuma, CO and on July 2nd (10am to 4pm MST) at the Magnum Feedyard in Wiggins, CO will give livestock producers in Colorado how low stress livestock handling can enhance cattle operation profitability and improve animal welfare.

Topics will include management of receiving and shipping cattle, pen riding, general cattle handling, (lunch provided) and an afternoon chute-side management of processing cattle.

Curt Pate will share his ideas and knowledge with interested people by helping them to hone their skills as cattlemen and women to improve their stockmanship and stewardship.

To RSVP, Contact Travis Hoffman, Colorado BQA Coordinator by June 24.
Phone: 970-491-2333 / Email: Travis.Hoffman@colostate.edu

CLICK HERE to look at the event flyer.