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Curt Pate Teaches How to Work Cattle the "Right Way"
Wed, 15 Jul 2015 15:55:54 CDT
Curt Pate understands how to work cattle the right way and he goes around the country teaching audiences how to do that. He's from Wyoming and was in Oklahoma in April teaching a group at Oklahoma State University’s Totusek Arena. In this best of edition of the Beef Buzz, Pate shares his cattle handling techniques. He said he doesn't like to refer to it as low stress livestock handling, but rather effective stockmanship.
Ron Hays Beef Buzzes with Curt Pate
“So, for whatever job I am going to do, whether it be working cattle in an auction market, in a feedyard or on a ranch, I want to be effective with my skills to get the job done in a way that is profitable, doesn’t create a lot of stress on the animals and the consumer can accept,” Pate said.
Radio Oklahoma Network Farm Director Ron Hays caught up with Pate in Stillwater. Click or tap on the LISTENBAR below to listen to today’s Beef Buzz.
This involves handling animals at different stages of their life. With the cow-calf sector, Pate said producers are a trainer in getting animals where they learn how to work by moving away from pressure. Pate said if these animals aren’t properly trained when they are a calf or when they are weaned, this can create problems when the animal gets in a stocker situation, goes to an auction market or through a big sale. Pate said cattle need to be prepared to go onto the next step, just like how youth are prepared to go onto to college.
“That takes stockmanship and stockmanship to me is a skill,” Pate said. “Skills are learned and practiced and you get better with each time you do something."
Without practicing proper handling, this can cause cattle to become spooked or they can become easily confused. Pate said a docile animal doesn’t get spooked, but rather stops. With all animals, he said the better they work and the better they can think their way out of pressure, the less pressure is needed. When animals aren’t working, Pate said that creates challenges and producers may resort to practices that don’t work for the industry.
As cattlemen learn these skills, Pate said there is always more to learn by improving timing and understanding cattle can see better from different positions. This is the first segment with Curt Pate on cattle handling.
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