Handling animals can be quite stressful for both humans and animals! (Part 3: final section)

6. Look through observation, analyze, compare and remember

Take some time to observe, study and understand the natural behavior of your animals.

By applying the Low Stress Stockmanship method, you will learn to better observe and adapt to the natural needs and behaviors of your animals.

As a result, handling will be much safer, more efficient and more animal friendly.

Less stress for both humans and animals and more job satisfaction!


7. Create good movement and keep it going

As soon as you apply the right pressure, or release it, the animals will start moving.

You and your animals learn how to react to pressure and movement.


By correct control, pressure increase or decrease in combination with a change of direction, your animals will go where you want them to go and stay where you have put them.

I always demonstrate this during my practical training sessions. Even though I am a stranger to these animals, they don't know me and I don't know them!


One more thing:

Learn the difference in animal behavior between a moment of joy, ("going bucking through the field"), and nervous/anxious and irritated animals.

It will absolutely help you in your daily work when handling your (farm) animals.

I regularly hear from livestock owners that their animals are aggressive, or appear that way.

On site, I often see animals having fun and feeling good at that moment.

They are absolutely not aggressive, nor does it have the appearance of being.

Just a matter of observing and analyzing!


Source text Ronald Rongen, photo Gert van den Bosch