Not making this up: Civility in the cow-calf herd
Imagine my delight when I found a news release about civil heifers and bulls. It’s a news column out of North Dakota State University Extension. A beef specialist is writing about weaning calves.
“Although much of the focus on calf preparation for weaning is focused on vaccination protocols, stress is the big culprit. The absolute need to eliminate stress is critical.
“The key to eliminating stress begins with the selection of replacement heifers. That’s done by allowing only civil, well-behaved heifers into the cow herd. Then cows are bred only to bulls that have a similar, acceptable attitude, which means no rodeo bulls allowed.”
And then the writer turns to humans and all their paraphernalia
“As the calving season gives way to summer grazing, are the cattle monitored and allowed to work with humans, horses or other equipment producers haul around? Is the herd allowed to be relaxed as calves and cows are checked? Is there an occasional treat that brings the cows up to the feeder and has them looking forward to a visit from the producer?”
“Are the previous and upcoming fall work sessions planned to allow appropriate time for all the work to be done? Are breaks and lunch scheduled so co-workers maintain healthy attitudes about the day’s work load? Has management accounted for the thoughts and suggestions from those helping for the day? Is the day a serious cattle day or a fun day for outside riders at the expense of the cattle?”
My thoughts on the correlations are endless, but here’s a beginning…..
Select only civil, well-behaved people when filling positions.
Treats are good.
Think of coworkers’ stress and workloads when planning tasks.
Listen to the suggestions of others.
Don’t have fun at the expense of others.
I didn’t even include his line, “Have the hot shots, whips and sticks long ago been cast over the cliff and allowed to rust and rot in the refuse pile?”
If you wonder why I read a North Dakota beef column…I post news releases from across the United States for eXtension, an educational partnership of more than 70 land-grant universities helping Americans with access to timely, objective, research-based information and educational opportunities. http://www.extension.org
This BeefTalk column in full
(I do have fun reading news releases.) Let me know your thoughts on more correlations.