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CATTLE LEARN BY EXPERIENCE (Part 1)

Education plays an important role in our daily contact with cattle.

Yet little attention is paid to this.

The reasons given by farmers are often: “no time, too much work, too much hassle”.

 

WHICH COW COSTS YOU THE MOST TIME AND ENERGY?

COULD IT BE THE COW THAT YOU CAN'T CONTROL?...

 

Safe, efficient and animal-friendly handling through training, that is one of the goals of Low Stress Stockmanship Europe.

Knowledge transfer, not only in theory, but especially on your farm.

From practice, for practice!

THE EFFECTS OF EARLY TRAINING AND EXPERIENCES IN CATTLE

Research into the effects of early experiences on later behavior in cattle clearly shows that frightening early experiences, gentle handling, monotonous, “bare” environments, or opportunities to explore new environments, are experienced more consciously by young animals than older ones.

 

The effects of early experiences are less easily reversible than those of later experiences.

Adult cattle that were handled calmly as a calf are more docile and easier to handle compared to their peers.

Trained calves can be treated more quickly and are easier to handle compared to calves that have less contact with humans.

 

This effect can already be observed at weaning age. Early contact with and handling by humans greatly improves ease of use in livestock. Early (positive as well as negative) experiences will influence how animals respond to treatment, interaction and new situations.

 

Differences in early rearing methods result in long-lasting, stable temperament differences. Cattle raised with early and more intensive human contact show a lower level of cortisol (stress hormone) during treatment compared to cattle with less early and less intensive human contact.

 

In summary:

Compared to cattle with aloof or rough handling at a young age, cattle with animal-friendly handling at a young age are usually calmer and easier to handle.

 

A win-win situation for everyone.