5 things to consider when working cattle

By Burt Rutherford

Have you ever videoed yourself working cattle? Ron Gill says it can be instructive—humbling, but instructive.

That’s one of the many, many golden tidbits that around 100 people took away from a recent Stockmanship and Stewardship program at Colorado State University. It was one of several held around the country. Gill, a longtime Extension beef specialist with Texas A&M University, teamed with Curt Pate, a Montana rancher and cattle handling expert, and Dean Fish, who ranches on Arizona’s border with Mexico, to give a cattle handling demonstration.

“I do a lot of videos working cattle and when I go back and look at them, it’s amazing how many times I’m in the wrong spot,” he said. “So if you really want to try to get better at it, video what’s going on.”

That’s important, he says, because if the cattle aren’t doing what you want them to do, don’t get fussy with the cattle. “Figure out what you’re doing that’s not making it work. It’s not the cattle that are going to change. They are what they are. We’ve got to change what we do.”

And that was the focus of the nearly 2 hours the trio spent showing the assembled beef producers low-stress cattle handling techniques in a variety of situations.

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