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Thank you for showing interest in my work.

On this website you will find all information about the company Low Stress Stockmanship Europe (LSSE), and its activities.

 

Do you have any questions or would you like more information?

Please do not hesitate to contact me here.

 

I will be happy to help you!

Kind regards,

 

Ronald Rongen


ADVICE AND TRAINING ON STRESS-FREE HANDLING AND WORKING WITH CATTLE, COWS, OTHER HERD ANIMALS, AND PIGS

ADVICE ON ANIMAL HANDLING AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY ISSUES


I AM NOT A "COW WHISPERER".

I am too down to earth for that. What matters is daily practice and reality.

My experience is built on over 35 years of veterinary medicine, genetics and ethology (behavioral science).

 

Cattle, other herd animals and pigs are NOT stressed because we work with them. 

They become stressed and disobedient because of the WAY we work with them.

If we treat them right, they will obey us.  

Using violence to move herd animals and pigs obviously leads to nothing. 

Therefore, my advice to anyone who works with herd animals and pigs:  

 

"HANDLE HERD ANIMALS AND PIGS SLOWLY, WE DON'T HAVE TIME!"

 

It is important that everyone who works with cattle, pigs  and other (herd) animals knows how these animals react to their environment.

If you know and master this, you will be able to work with animals efficiently, safely, quickly and in an animal-friendly manner.

 

Anyone can learn the Low Stress Stockmanship method!

Proper handling of animals means having an eye for detail.

Violence or demonstrations of power lead nowhere. Everything happens with calm movements, without hectic. 

If you handle your (farm)animals hectically, you have not understood the right (farm)animal signals.

 

MY SERVICES

GROUP LECTURES:

Very interesting for herdbook members, hobby farmers, compound feed producers, agricultural schools and anyone interested in the Low Stress Stockmanship method. 

Hands-on, so you can apply the knowledge directly to your own animals. 

 

DAY SEMINARS: THEORY AND PRACTICE FOR GROUPS, OR INDIVIDUALLY ON YOUR FARM.

For anyone who wants to learn Low Stress Stockmanship on the farm, but also for hoof trimmers, compound feed producers, veterinarians, inseminators, pig farmers and slaughterhouses.

The practical demonstrations and training will take place on the host farm. The exact program content is discussed with the client in advance. Following a demonstration, the participants can also put the theoretically acquired knowledge into practice themselves after consultation.

 

TRAINING AND COACHING:

Are you looking for continuous improvement in the efficient, safe, quick and animal-friendly handling of your farm animals?

Would you like to train new employees in the daily handling and treatment of your herd animals?

Then this training approach and accompanying coaching is the right method for you. 

The practical demonstrations and training take place on the host farm. The exact program content is discussed with the client in advance. Following a demonstration, the participants can also put the theoretically acquired knowledge into practice themselves after consultation.

 

BUSINESS ANALYSIS AND CONSULTING IN ANIMAL HUSBANDRY:

From pigs, calf rearing to dairy and beef cattle in the barn or on pasture.

From cows in the milking parlor, in the milking robot, in the claw treatment box to the treatment of slaughter animals in the slaughterhouse.

 

SLAUGHTERHOUSE OPERATIONS ANALYSIS:

Slaughterhouses are increasingly in the spotlight. The community's call for permanent camera surveillance during the slaughter process is getting louder and louder. 

Low Stress Stockmanship Europe believes that more needs to be done to optimize the slaughter process, train the staff (who are involved in the slaughter of animals in your slaughterhouse) and raise their awareness.

The focus is on working with the slaughterhouse operator, to further optimize the slaughter process. 

From the arrival of the animals at the slaughterhouse to stunning and bleeding. 



Dutch-language, German-language and English-language program offerings for 2022

Are you looking for a guest speaker?

It is my pleasure to offer the seminars and practical trainings listed below:

NEW PIGS:  PIG SIGNALS: HOW TO RECOGNIZE THEM, UNDERSTAND THEM AND HOW TO RESPOND TO THEM

 

NEW PIGS: LOW-STRESS PIG HANDLING IN THEORY AND PRACTICE

 

* CATTLE SIGNALS: HOW TO RECOGNIZE THEM, UNDERSTAND THEM AND HOW TO RESPOND TO THEM

 

* SUSTAINABLE COWS: BY NO MEANS A MATTER OF COURSE

 

* MAXIMUM GROWTH IN CALVES, AN EYE FOR DETAIL

 

* MAXIMIZING CALF GROWTH: HOW DOES INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP HOUSING AFFECT THE END RESULT?

 

* OPTIMIZING THE SLAUGHTER PROCESS OF PIGS AND CATTLE IN SLAUGHTERHOUSES

 

* COW BEHAVIOR AT AND IN THE MILKING ROBOT: CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES

 

* SAFE AND ANIMAL-FRIENDLY MANAGEMENT OF HORNED CATTLE IN THE BARN AND ON PASTURE. THE HORNS OF

RUMINANTS, DO THEY HAVE A FUNCTION OR ARE THEY SUPERFLUOUS?

 

The PowerPoint presentations will be held at the desired location by arrangement.

A seminar in combination with a practical demonstration is possible in consultation.

 

Do you have a specific topic in mind, but it is not in the program offer?

Click  here and inquire about the possibilities without obligation.


REFERENCES AND RESPONSES FROM DOMESTIC AND ABROAD


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Dear Mr. Rongen,

Thank you very much for the interesting seminar.

You managed to motivate even the most skeptical employees, as was shown during the event and in discussions afterwards. 

Now it is up to us to implement the suggestions. 

We will take the slogan "Slow down, we don't have time" to heart in other contexts as well.

 

With best regards,

Dr. Karin Knappstein

Max Rubner-Institut

Institut für Sicherheit und Qualität bei Milch und Fisch

Versuchsstation Schädtbek

24232 Dobersdorf, Germany

 

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Dear Mr. Rongen, 

Thank you one more time for the very interesting training!

We have all learned a lot and I hope that Low Stress Stockmanship will now become a permanent part of our work with the animals.

 

Best regards from Schädtbek, 

Julika Lamp

Max Rubner-Institut

Institut für Sicherheit und Qualität bei Milch und Fisch

Versuchsstation Schädtbek

24232 Dobersdorf, Germany

 

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Dear Ronald,

The cattle farmers of our veterinary practice Flevoland were impressed by your presentation on "Sustainable Dairy Farming" during our yearly farmers evening on March 31, 2022.

You got them thinking about their dairy barn layout in an informative and constructive way.

It was a very educational and fascinating evening!

 

Annemiek Veerkamp 

Certified cattle veterinarian, veterinary practice Flevoland

 

Thank you for this very informative and entertaining presentation at our annual farmers evening.

The farmers enjoyed it very much!

 

Maartje Krediet-Kramer

Certified cattle veterinarian, veterinary practice Flevoland

 

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Dear Mr. Rongen,

I am fascinated by your knowledge and handling of cattle.

Thank you very much for being here.

I wish you continued success in your work and would be pleased if we stay in contact.

Kind regards from Dummerstorf,

 

PD Dr. rer. agr. habil. Anke Römer

Institute for Animal Production of the State Research Institute for Agriculture and Fisheries

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, 18196 Dummerstorf, Germany

 

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We experienced major problems with heat stress on our dairy farms in June 2021.

After contacting Ronald Rongen, he gave us several advices on adapting our ventilation system and installing sprinkler systems.

The result is really amazing. The cows eat better, the drop in production disappeared after a few days, and the barn climate has noticeably improved. 

 

Thank you Ronald for your advice and the pleasant cooperation!

 

Albert Hofstede

Brandenburg

 

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On March 23, 2021, the Workshop: "Low stress from calf to cow" took place as a webinar on our dairy farm.

This for the members of dairy factory "De Graafstroom".

We received many practical, useful tips and experiences from Ronald, with which our member farmers can get to work right away.

With 138 participants we can speak of a very successful and super informative evening!

 

Corine Peek

Peek & Fokker dairy farm 

 

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During the two-day course on Low Stress Stockmanship at Aeres, I gained a lot of knowledge and background information on

Low Stress Stockmanship. For me a very instructive and interesting course!

I teach the Cow Signals course at Aeres myself and will cover what I learned from you as background information for myself and during classes. 

We got a lot of useful tips and interesting information about cow behavior from you, thank you very much! 

 

Kind regards,

Arthanja Verweij

 

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10 Februari 2021,

Dear Ronald,

Thank you very much for the interesting and straightforward webinar today!

The feedback from the participants is very good, you got a lot of praise.

 

Best regards from Innsbruck,

Tobias Lienhart 

LFI Tirol

BIO AUSTRIA

 

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THANK YOU RONALD!

We (Jens and Mette Hansen), have a dairy farm in Denmark (Central Jutland) and milk 580 cows.

The annual production is 11,600 kg. at 3x daily milking in a rotary milking parlor with 34 positions, (insite milking area).

We asked Ronald Rongen from LSSE for help and advice because during milking we had some cows that always defecate (or urinate) in the last 5 milking positions before the exit. They are not specific cows.

 

After his analysis, Ronald gave us a clear explanation and advice that we followed. Fortunately, the problem is now definitely solved.

We now save 5.5 man hours per week on cleaning! Also our job satisfaction is back.

Ronald, thank you very much for the good advice and your help! 

 

Greetings from Denmark,

Jens and Mette Hansen

 

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Dear Mr. Rongen,

Thank you very much for two very interesting seminar days "Low Stress Stockmanship in theory and practice!".  

 

Many greetings,

Janna Fritz

Tierwohlmultiplikatorin, Verbundprojekt „Fokus Tierwohl“ 

Chamber of Agriculture Schleswig-Holstein, Training and Research Center Futterkamp. 

 

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As a self-employed cattle pedicurist, I believe that safe and efficient working practices are very important.

Not only for myself but also for my clients and their animals.

Ronald gave me many clear and useful practical tips that I immediately tried out.

I clearly notice that the animals are now much calmer in the claw treatment box.

Everything is much calmer and ultimately faster. The small adjustments to my mobile claw treatment box were easy to make and their positive effect is really fantastic! I am very satisfied with the result.

 

Toon Biemans 

 

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During the Corona crisis Ronald advised us by phone on how to improve the growth and health status of our calves.

Our calves are growing like cabbage these days, a feast for the eyes.

Never thought that we have so much influence on the well-being and growth of our calves.

Ronald, thank you for your support, you are super!

 

Miriam Leenders

 

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Hello Ronald,

Thank you for the clear and practical explanations during the February 12 study meeting of the cattle veterinarians West Brabant.

I have gained a lot of useful info regarding cow behavior.

Your advice on calf rearing after the informative lecture was also very enlightening for me.

Today I have already adjusted a few things with the calves and see the positive results immediately.

Super advice and they are exactly right as you explained and indicated !!

Thanks again and I will definitely be in touch to continue learning.

 

Regards,

Albert Visscher

 

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When renovating our dairy barn, we took into account the needs and requirements of our cows.

We were triggered by Ronald Rongen from LSSE.

Our cows now make much better use of the barn space and are much calmer in the barn.

Low Stress Stockmanship really works!

 

Vermeer Dairy Farm 

 

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Hello Ronald, 

I enjoyed the lecture and demonstration very much. I did not mind at all to hear it 2 times.

I can use the information very well to monitor the cows in the project "The tree wall as pharmacy and source of biodiversity".

I am going to write about it in the media, may I nominate information from you, (with reference to the source)?

 

Kind regards,

Conny Bloemhoff

 

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Last week (December 12-13, 2019), there were two super informative days for our cattle producers on Low Stress Stockmanship.

When you know that a cow only sees 30% sharply of what we see, but can smell 47 times better and hear many higher tones, you start looking at cows with very different eyes.

Talking to cows is not done with your voice but with your body language. A real "eye-opener" for anyone who works with cows!

If you want to do something quickly with cows, do it slowly!

 

A7 North Veterinarians, Drachten/Burgum, The Netherlands

 

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Last Thursday, November 21, 2019 a very successful farmer's evening!

On this evening we had as guest speaker, Ronald Rongen known for the Low Stress Stockmanship method.

An instructive evening for everyone.

 

Veterinary clinic De Wolden, Zuidwolde, The Netherlands 

 

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At the 2019 Farmer's Day, I had a very informative presentation on cattle behavior and calf rearing.

Very interesting and informative, and told in a very understandable way!

Many thanks Ronald for sharing your knowledge and insights!

 

Caroline van Dijck

FarmFun, Bocholt, (Belgium)

 

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Hello Ronald,

Hereby a short update.

After your visit and advice we didn't lose a calf anymore because of not wanting to drink, we are super happy with it.

We are still very happy that you have been with us. The results are there. I pass on your tips so often to colleagues, it remains a struggle against some of the established order. But we feel so strong after a year that we are fully up against it!

 

Kind regards,

Jacob and Marianne   

 

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Good afternoon,

I just wanted to let you know that the calves are doing very well.

Drinking 12 liters of milk is not yet possible, but when they are now 14 days old and they go to the Drinking Machine,

they drink about 8 liters a day.

The dispenser builds this up to 10 liters within a week. I feed "foktop" from the company Alpuro.

Our pilot group came through the test great. Maybe in a while I will build up further.

Now for the first two weeks they don't drink more than 4 liters at a time so 8 liters total.

But I can already see that the calves are growing much better! I just want to report this.

 

Barbera Kroes

 

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Dear Mr. Rongen,

Thank you very much for your great practical seminars, the participants gave a very good feedback.

 

Martina Lepschi

Bio Ernte Steiermark 

8052 Graz, Austria 

 

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As a livestock farmer I am very critical and skeptical of new things and changes. People around me know this all too well.

I've been following Ronald's contributions on Facebook for a while now, and try out some things (as a trial) with my own animals.

Now I hate to admit it, but the results are amazingly positive. Knowing how cows react in certain situations and why, really helps in the barn and in the pasture.

It is not easy to face up to. I am often still of the "old school and stubborn" variety.   

 

Jean Paul

 

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Ronald was the guest speaker at the meeting of "DOC cheese" on 5 September 2019 in Lelystad, on the occasion of the honouring of their quality milkers. Together with my husband and parents-in-law, I was also present.

The way Ronald held his introduction was truly admirable. Through his extensive knowledge and experience in dealing with cows he managed to captivate those present from the first to the last minute. In understandable language and with practical situations that are recognizable to everyone.

We have learned a lot from the course and also heard many new things that we will use on our farm.

DOC Kaas, thank you for this successful event.

Ronald, thank you very much for your presentation and practical advice, it was really SUPER!!

 

Saskia Gieskens - van Olst

 

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At the June 2019 CRV Youth Council evenings, Cowmunicator Ronald Rongen made the young farmers look at their cows in a different way. 

It was a fascinating story, and of course I tried out things he told me, in the barn at home.

And guess what...? He was right too!

 

Coen Bokdam, chairman of the CRV Youth Council Middle

 

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Our calf mortality rate was far too high, (despite much advice and guidance from various feed and veterinary consultants).

At the end of our tether we asked Ronald for his help and expertise. During his visit to our farm he opened our eyes with practical tips and a clear explanation.

We have adjusted the housing for our calves and the way we work to Ronald's advice.

Our experiences have been very positive. After the adjustments we made, calf mortality is almost zero.

The calves are much more vital, drink much better and more easily. They have much more fun in the barn.

The cattle dealer has noticed that the calves are also growing much better.  The weighing data is proof.

Thank you Ronald, because of you we enjoy our work and our calves again!

 

Alie and Jos van den Bergh

 

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Ronald Rongen explains the interaction between humans and animals to the audience in an excellent, entertaining and poignant way.

He shows in a practical way how easy behavior change can be, if you take the right measures.

Highly recommended presentation!

Many thanks and all the best!

 

Mag. Sandra Thaler, www.sandrathaler.com

 

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During the #CattleExpertDays 2019 (organized by landwirt-media.com), Ronald Rongen from Stockmanship.eu presented useful tips and tricks on how to better understand your cows and achieve efficient handling with them.

His slogan: if you have to do it fast, do it slow!

 

Agribox Ltd.

Ben Hee

 

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Hello Ronald! 

Thank you for your participation in the 2019 LANDWIRT Cattle Days.

It was a pleasure to travel the country with you. I received a lot of positive feedback on your presentations.

Please keep up your hands-on style. It comes across very well to the farmers. People don't just want suggestions for change, they need concrete instructions.

 

Kind regards from Austria,

Karin Ch. Taferner

Landwirt Agrarmedien GmbH

LANDWIRT Die Fachzeitschrift für die bäuerliche Familie

Redaktion Rind & Grünland 

 

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Wonderful training day under the leadership of Ronald Rongen, Cowmunicator of Low Stress Stockmanship Europe.

With thanks to the cows of cow farm "De Regte Heijden", on which we could practice the practical part.

 

Team Eyes on Animals

 

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I thought I knew quite a bit about cows by now, but I was pleasantly surprised by what I could still learn. Ronald explains the behavior and handling of cattle in a pleasant way. Both in a presentation and in practice in the barn. You take away so much knowledge, you will never look at your animals the same again! Highly recommended for every farmer, veterinarian, barn builder and "cow hugger". 

 

Nicole Beuwer-Roeven 

 

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I have had the pleasure of working with Ronald and Low Stress Stockmanship Europe for a number of years now.

I received many tips & tricks which are very useful in my daily practice. Ronald is a skilled professional and a pleasant person!

 

Arjan Swinkels - Waterbuffalo farm "De Stoerderij" 

 

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Respect, trust, understanding, facts, humor - Cowmunicator Ronald Rongen talks inspiringly and engagingly about herd animals.

We went (with our "cow and pony herd knowledge") out of curiosity to the very first Masterclass Water Buffalo Science and it was super educational and interesting!

Low Stress Stockmanship Europe: beautiful way of thinking, looking and doing.

 

Pony Center the Prairie

 

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Last Tuesday (March 13, 2018) participated in CRV's winter meeting of beef cattle with a very fascinating and inspiring lecture by Ronald Rongen of Stockmanship.eu on the theme of "inbreeding in a small population".

 

Marnix Knetemann - Knedostables 

 

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Artificial insemination service Clemens, did a training together with, and on the cattle farm of the Lubbers family from Scheemda.

The theme was how to handle and work with herd animals in a stress-free manner.

Very interesting, we are all very experienced in dealing with cows, yet now we understand much more of how and why a cow reacts to certain situations.

Learned a lot of facts and knowledge about cow behavior.

Ronald Rongen of Low Stress Stockmanship Europe is highly recommended for anyone who deals with cows. 

 

We also had a nice project with the Lubbers family to herd a couple of Galloway calves into the barn.

Several previous attempts (without Ronald Rongen) had failed.

Under the guidance of Ronald Rongen the cattle were all calmly in the barn within 30 minutes. Great job Ronald!

It was a wonderful ending to an instructive day.

 

Leon Clemens

 

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Had a very instructive and fascinating day at our home, with Ronald Rongen of Low Stress Stockmanship Europe.

With a nice group of people we learned a lot about handling cattle without stress.

As a final note we were also able to drive our 'rebels' (a group of Galloway cattle that we could not catch ourselves) to the barn, under the guidance of Ronald!

 

Noorderlanden Galloways

 

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We had two very instructive days in the north of Schleswig-Holstein on the topic of Low Stress Stockmanship- stress-free, safe and efficient handling of herd animals. Many thanks to Ronald Rongen for your patience in explaining everything to us in detail and for your wealth of practical experience. Thinking like cattle - you showed us so many ways to implement this even better. And now we have to practice, practice, practice.

 

Manja Benedict

Tierheilpraktikerin in Schinkel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany