We’ve all seen it. The gentle rancher who turns Hyde in the face of cattle handling. Sticks or prods come out, and everyone prepares for the yelling that will follow. But what if that rancher could just be his or her gentle self even when working cattle? This past winter, I’ve had the pleasure of sitting in on a couple of presentations that emphasized the importance of low-stress cattle handling. It’s almost an art form; a dance that uses the animal’s natural behaviour to encourage a particular movement. First, cattle handlers use the animal’s body language to determine its flight zone (or the area…
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