Two Schools Coming up in Saskatchewan

Posted May 8th, 2015 — Filed in Calendar

Richard and Tina will be putting on a Marketing and Stockmanship School in Wawota, SK June 1-3 and another in Rockglen, SK June 8-10, 2015. Read more about them here.

If you have any questions, call or email them at 417-327-6500 or richard@handnhandlivestocksolutions.com.

Wild Horse Gather

Posted February 23rd, 2015 — Filed in Stockmanship

Hi Eunice,
I thought you’d be interested in the following email (pasted below) that I just received from the new wildlife biologist at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. He wants to stop using a helicopter to do periodic park-wide roundups of the wild horses for culling and only use low-stress livestock handling for more frequent culling of smaller bands. To that end he had me out to do an introductory clinic for he and his staff and they’ve taken it from there.

Whit Hibbard – Montana
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Hey Whit,
I just wanted to drop you a note to let you know that I captured a band of eight horses on February 13th using LSLH techniques on foot to herd them into our corral facilities. It was a great experience.

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Glad to hear that Bud’s teachings are spreading in the right direction. Bud & I worked with Whit at the Big-Bend National Park in 2007 to teach how to gather the trespass animals who crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico. Some people already seem to think that Bud didn’t use or approve the use of horses, which isn’t the case at all, so I’m going to comment on the fact that Whit’s friend gathered these horses on foot. By working on foot, a person isn’t tempted to try to out-run their mistakes which will only make matters worse. There is no reason you can’t do the same horse back or in a helicopter.

Eunice Williams – Missouri

Marketing and Stockmanship School coming to El Reno, OK

Posted February 23rd, 2015 — Filed in Calendar

Richard and Tina have scheduled their next Marketing and Stockmanship School for El Reno, OK on April 7-9, 2015. Read more about it here: http://www.handnhandlivestocksolutions.com/Schools/2015-4-7-El-Reno-OK/index.htm.

If you have any questions, call or email them at 417-327-6500 or richard@handnhandlivestocksolutions.com.

Photos from Eureka, CA Marketing and Stockmanship School

Posted February 18th, 2015 — Filed in Calendar, Marketing, Stockmanship

Richard and I were so happy to have Mom join us for our recent trip to California to put on a Marketing and Stockmanship school in Eureka. Mom, Dad and I lived in that area for my life before I left for college, and it was great to visit some places we had lived and visit with folks we had known back then. Here are the two group pictures, and click here for more photos from the school and our trip.

–Tina Williams

Daily Reading

Posted February 3rd, 2015 — Filed in Stockmanship, Testimonials

From: Broken Horn Ranch Ministries Campbell
Date: January 27, 2015 at 10:19:48 PM CST
Subject: Daily Reading-1-28-15–Bud Williams

At the end of one school year, I asked my Animal Science class what their favorite lab was that semester.  We had preg checked cattle, learned how to artificially inseminate cattle, and handle straws.  We’d done DNA precipitation labs, dissected ruminant digestive systems, administered vaccinations, and wormed critters, as well.  We had done about 18 different labs, most of which included a trip somewhere or at least some good old fashioned hands-on learning (a hallmark of Agricultural Education, I might add).  Because of the nature of all of those labs, some of which made me realize why I had become a teacher, I had some expectations as to which ones might have been their favorites.

I was wrong.  Overwhelmingly, the students picked the lab where we learned how to move cattle using nothing but a read on what the animal was telling the student.  It was very simple, as a matter of fact.  I simply showed students how to move a steer around a pen at a walk, back up to a trot, back down to a walk, and then to a stop.  They then had to turn him and move him the other direction and do the same thing going that way.  The clincher was that they had to do it without saying a word or using any tools.  They had to use the animal’s actions and nothing more.  To finish their assessment, each student had to move two steers around the same pen, peel one off through a gate and keep the other one moving.  Most students mastered it, but not very many on the first try.

I think the reason those kids liked that lab was that it gave them a sense of accomplishment and understanding.  They could see the immediate reward of their learning in a way that made them feel a sense of communication with another living being.  More than just that, though, they achieved that without yelling, moving fast, or using tools.  They did it quietly and subtly, using intelligence and knowledge.

A lot of what I taught kids came third hand from Bud Williams, a stockman who truly lived low-stress livestock handling.  He never wanted his critters to look at him as a predator.  He simply wanted to take the stress off of an animal, read the animal, and get the animal to believe what Bud wanted was what she really wanted.  Gary Marshall was the first one who told me about Bud Williams, and I was a believer off the bat.  He’d gone to one of Bud’s clinics, and for a cowman who had been around cattle his whole life to sing an old man’s praises the way Gary did, Bud Williams must have truly had it figured out.

Keeping it simple seemed to be Bud Williams’ mantra.  Things shouldn’t take too long if you’re doing them right, and if you’re thinking the right way, the livestock will be plumb cooperative.  Are there those cows whose mothers are just stupid?  You bet, but for the most part, if cattle are simply respected and shown that the right way is the best way, they’ll generally go that route, and for Bud, that was what was most important.

Jesus treats us the same.  When we begin to think his way instead of our own, we begin to have life.  It isn’t always easy; as a matter of fact, it probably seldom is.  However, it’s good, and that’s way better than easy.  If we submit to Jesus, he can get one of us peeled off through a gate and the other one going on by without a stick, a paddle, a fit, or anything else.  That’s way better than the alternative.

Jesus loves us, and he wants to work in harmony with us, not against us.  Proverbs 3 tells us, “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your path.”  If we just follow him, Jesus will direct us down the right trail.  If we fail to acknowledge God and his role in our lives, the wreck is on.  He knows how to guide us, but we’ve still got to listen.  We don’t want to be like the cow whose mother is stupid.  She’s going to town, and that ain’t necessarily a good thing.  Trust God, and follow him.  It will all fall into place after that.

God Bless,

 

I Recommend Hand ‘n Hand Livestock Solutions

Posted February 2nd, 2015 — Filed in About Schools, Calendar, Marketing, Stockmanship

I’m happy to recommend the Stockmanship and Marketing schools Tina, our daughter, and her husband, Richard McConnell are now putting on.

Visit their webpage at Hand ‘n Hand Livestock Solutions

Mothering Cattle

Posted January 14th, 2015 — Filed in Stockmanship

One of the cattle forums I monitor had a discussion about ear tagging calves at birth. Many of the contributors were adamant that you HAD to do this in order to know which calf belonged to which cow which prompted my reply …

This is another case of technology dumbing us down. Mothering up cattle is a skill that, from the sounds of the comments, is well on the way to being lost. We were at a large ranch in Texas a few years ago where Bud had spent the week working with the crew. The last day they gathered a very difficult pasture. The manager wanted 100 pairs sorted out of about 800 head to send to another ranch. Bud was able to do this quite easily, out in the pasture and sending the cuts through a gate into another pasture. Every one of the 15 or so cowboys who were there agreed there were no mis-matched pairs in his cut.

When we were working at the feedlot in Canada, the owner asked Bud to bring in a certain pair. We never worked with his cowherd and weren’t familiar with the individual animals. When Bud brought the cow and calf in the owner said “You have the wrong calf. The ear tags don’t match.” Bud said “I don’t know about the ear tags, but this is her calf.” And it was …

Then I got this message on my personal e-mail …

Thanks for all the input on Pharo’s forum! I was wondering how Bud paired up pairs? I’m just going to admit that my mind is blank on how you pair up pairs could you explain or is it on your videos that Terry ordered haven’t got clear thru them yet!

Hi Jerry, There isn’t anything specific about teaching you to pair up cattle in the video. This is something you need to observe when you are around your cattle. Pay attention and watch the interaction between the cow and her calf. Drive them a little ways and notice how they act towards each other in various circumstances.

It is very common practice to pair up cattle after driving cows and calves in big country. Even though the calf “met with its mother” on the drive, often it is disoriented when the herd gets to its destination and it will go back to where it nursed last. We were working with a ranch in New Mexico, driving about 700 head of cattle to their summer range. We went through several gates and had one particularly difficult creek to cross. It had very high banks and the trail down into it turned back and had a sharp slant to the bottom. They said the cows were no trouble, but the calves would miss the trail then run back and forth along the bank. They said it often took them an hour or more to get the calves across. We showed them how to start and drive the herd properly. When we got to the bad creek crossing the cows took their calves across with no problem. When we got to the area where they wanted to leave them, the owner left us and started pairing out the herd. I said “Bud, what is he doing?” Bud said “He’s making sure they are mothered up.” I said “I remember, we used to do that at Lone Pine, didn’t we?” About that time the owner came back and said “This is pretty foolish, they are already mothered up.”

This is kind of a long-winded reply but it explains why it is sometimes necessary to be able to know which calf belongs to which cow, but more importantly how important it is to learn how to move cattle long distances without mis-mothering them in the process.

Information From Our Videos

Posted December 5th, 2014 — Filed in Marketing, Stockmanship, Testimonials

From a friend in Iowa:    We have just recently gotten back into some calves and so far things are going well. We’ve been watching Yours and Buds video a lot lately and it never ceases to amaze us of the new things that we pick up on each time we watch the same video. Truly astounding that one can just over look things that they perceive as not pertaining to them. There is just so much information in there and each time we watch we are at a different level of learning and doing different things at the time. You both just keep on helping us, what awesome friends you have been.

I have often told people “You can watch our videos ten times and pick up new and valuable information each time you view them.”  Eunice – Springfield, MO

Dust and Exercise

Posted December 2nd, 2014 — Filed in Stockmanship

Question:    Here in SW Nebraska, we have had a very dry fall and winter so far coupled with some really warm days along with some wind.  This is not particularly unusual for us, but it does create a high level of health challenges in our feedlot setting.  On the one hand, the calves need to be exercised and worked with, but on the other hand the dust often just billows up around them.  On windy, low-humidity days, the whole yard can be quite dusty.  We often water down the pens for new incoming calves.  We see this as necessary but it is time-consuming and requires extra labor to get the job done (we are not equipped with big-guns and under-ground pressurized waterlines like some of the big yards). Putting down bedding or strawing the pens helps but doesn’t eliminate the whole problem, plus it does get expensive.  Those of you who have grass traps and grassy areas to exercise cattle have an advantage over those of us who don’t have that privilege.  So far, we just do the best we can with what we have to work with.  Any advice other than changing locations?

Answer:    I’ve heard Bud discuss this many times and he always figured the mental and physical benefits that “correctly exercising” the cattle outweighed the negative of inhaling the dust. In fact, getting them moving encourages coughing which helps to clear the lungs.

Stockmanship Testimonial

Posted November 2nd, 2014 — Filed in Testimonials

I went to one of your schools several years back and it made such a huge difference.   Since going to your school the pull rates on my operation have dropped tremendously.  I have also been able to handle and do things with stockers on pasture that others didn’t think was possible.   I thumb back through my notes from time to time and find nuggets of information that have flown the coop, so to speak.  So with this video as a continuing learning tool I know I can continue to improve.
I was really delighted to see you join the Pharo discussion group.  I really enjoy your insight.

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