Three Iowa stockmanship, handling and Beef Quality Assurance workshops featuring Dr. Tom Noffsinger, a consulting feedyard veterinarian from Benkelman, Nebraska, will be July 30 and 31. In the stockmanship sessions, Noffsinger will teach participants about cattle handling methods that improve animal movement and cattle performance by reducing stress on livestock. His presentation is based on four simple principles of cattle behavior: cattle want to see you, go around you and be with other cattle, and can only process one thought at a time. Noffsinger also will demonstrate low stress cattle handling methods that can be used whether gathering from the pasture or processing through corrals.
“Wherever we encourage cattle to move to, they should perceive they belong there. When we focus on the voluntary movement of animals, and people who volunteer to learn low-stress handling, well, that changes the world,” Noffsinger said. “We understand and use the animal’s visual abilities, posture angle, language, speed and attitude – all cues to help us work with rather than against their nature.”
In addition to the animal handling and stockmanship sessions, Denise Schwab and Russ Euken with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will conduct BQA certification sessions for attendees. BQA is the foundation for the Tyson FarmCheck program which will be required for all who sell cattle to Tyson beginning in 2019. Read More.