Improving Your Stockmanship Skills Begins with Breaking Any Old Habits and Keeping an Open MindMon, 19 Jun 2017 11:31:10 CDT
Dr. Ron Gill of Texas AgriLife is well-known when it comes to teaching cattle handling techniques. Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays reached out to Gill to find out some of his advice to help producers get their arms around handling their cattle in a more safe, humane way.
“We have to break some habits and really understand how cattle work,” Gill said. “There’s some simple things we can change to make it all work a little better.”
The most important thing, says Gill, is getting out of the mindset that ‘this is the way it’s always been done.’ He says you have got to be willing to approach cattle handling with an open mind. Gill says it is all a matter of employing more ‘effective stockmanship.’
“The main thing I try to get people to change - don’t push cattle,” he said. “Cattle don’t like to be pushed any more than we do. If we can change around and draw cattle to us and allow them to flow to get what we need done, it gets safer and less stressful on the cattle and the people.”
Listen to Hays’ full exchange with Dr. Gill, for more of his advice on how to improve your stockmanship skills, on today’s Beef Buzz.
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