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It’s not just the cattle that are happier with the new handling system at Short Grass Ranches, their handlers are too. “Nobody is miserable and grumpy at the end of the day,” says Craig Lehr.

Before you can go with the flow, you need to get the flow going

A new handling system has proven to be like night and day on Short Grass Ranches

Low stress and good flow are what all producers want when putting cattle through a handling system. Oftentimes though, cattle balk at something or just don’t flow as smoothly as they should. That’s the situation Craig Lehr found himself in, even though he had a “very well-built” one-piece, S-alley livestock-handling system with a crowding tub

MBFI staff bring cattle through a series of pens during a low-stress cattle-handling workshop last month, including a transitional box to catch any strays before separated cattle are moved on through the system.

‘Stop that cow!’

An argument for transitional pens

‘Stop that cow!’ Most cattle-handling disasters start with that panic, knee-jerk call, ranch safety consultant Reg Steward says — and it’s usually directed towards those least prepared for it. It’s not uncommon for a small- or medium-size farmer to turn to spouses or children to help guard a gate while moving cattle, he said. Those


MBFI staff move separated animals towards the final holding pen and head gate chute during a low-stress cattle-handling workshop at their yard near Brookdale in October.

Calmed-down cattle handling tagged for farm safety

Low cattle stress turns to lower human risk

It was a far cry from the usual energy surrounding cattle movement. In fact, to those watching the low-stress cattle-handling demonstration at Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives near Brookdale last month, there seemed to be little going on at all. Movement seemed to grind to a halt for long moments at the end of the

Breaking down the basics of low-stress cattle handling

Proponents advise producers to get inside a cow’s head

Low-stress cattle handling is more art than science, Reg Steward of Buffalo Creek Consulting admits, but it might be boiled down to, ‘think like a cow.’ For many experienced handlers, that principle comes as little surprise, he acknowledged although some details of the practice may give some food for thought. [VIDEO: MBFI staff demonstrate low

Five tips for easier cattle processing

Five tips for easier cattle processing

As part of his appearance at the Western Canada Feedlot Management School, Curt Pate gave a processing demonstration at Ceylon Gap Feeders in Ceylon, Sask. Here are some of his tips for effectively creating flow through a processing system.