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You may have the hat and the horse and the big old belt buckle — but that doesn’t mean you need to handle cattle the cowboy way, say Tina Williams and Richard McConnell.

Proper stockmanship, the Bud Williams’ way

If you want to build trust in your cattle, apply the right kind of pressure 
on them and learn to take two steps back

Cow whisperer’ Bud Williams used to have a saying when he was working cattle: “Slow is fast and less is more.” Now, four years after his death, Bud’s daughter and son-in-law are carrying on that tradition by teaching proper stockmanship — the Bud Williams’ way. “Cattlemen have been led to believe that the only way […] Read more

The entrance of Sean McGrath’s Bud Box, with one big gate on the left and a man gate on the right.

Making the flight zone instincts of cattle work for you

Vermilion rancher Sean McGrath says a Bud Box makes the job of processing cattle much faster

Thinking inside the box — a Bud Box, that is — can help cattle flow better when working them in a handling system. Being able to work the animals’ flight zones from outside, and having them see you, helps make them flow through the system faster, said rancher Sean McGrath. “We have a portable system […] Read more


Whether upgrading or building a new handling system, the biggest factor to keep in mind is flow of the animals.

Expert says go with the flow when working cattle

Dylan Biggs says there’s no ‘magical facility’ that will keep 
cattle calm and quiet — the biggest factor is how they are handled

Thanks to high cattle prices, many producers may be thinking of investing in a handling system. The goals may be simple — such as improving efficiency, reducing animal stress or allowing one person to safely process cattle. But what that system looks like is left to the individual producer. “There is no magical facility that […] Read more