Handling and Training Cattle

This category if for handling and training cattle.

  • Cattle Handling: Fear versus Respect

    A common misunderstanding that novice cattle owners have is the thought that a cow will fear you if you strike it. Of course, I am not advocating beating a cow or other kinds of cruelty to animals of any kind. However, if you watch cattle, it will quickly become apparent that cows are very physical animals. They are not gentle with one another and express dominance by roughly pushing and shoving one another around. When you own cattle, you should not confuse fear and respect. You do want...
  • Teaching Calves and Cows Respect for Humans

    If you are new to cattle, one temptation that you must resist is expecting them to act like dogs, cats, or even horses. Of course, cows can be funny, cute, and affectionate, but they are still cows. If you don't teach them to respect humans, they can develop dangerous ways of interacting with people. Cattle see the world differently from other animals. Once you understand how they think, you can treat them according to the cow-rule book, and they will respect you as the Boss. Of course,...
  • How To Halter Break A Cow

    Having a halter broken cow on the farm is unexpectedly useful. Not only can your halter-led cow be handled more easily, but if your other cows see the halter-broken cow doing something, they are more likely to follow along. Starting as a Calf The easiest way to break a cow to lead is to start when she is very small. If you have a bottle calf or another tame calf, make it into a pet. Give it small treats and handle it regularly. Put a small halter and a sturdy lead rope on the calf, and let...
  1. Cattle Handling: Fear versus Respect

    A common misunderstanding that novice cattle owners have is the thought that a cow will fear you if you strike it. Of course, I am not advocating beating a cow or other kinds of cruelty to animals of any kind. However, if you watch cattle, it will quickly become apparent that cows are very physical animals. They are not gentle with one another and express dominance by roughly pushing and shoving one another around. When you own cattle, you should not confuse fear and respect. You do want...
  2. Teaching Calves and Cows Respect for Humans

    If you are new to cattle, one temptation that you must resist is expecting them to act like dogs, cats, or even horses. Of course, cows can be funny, cute, and affectionate, but they are still cows. If you don't teach them to respect humans, they can develop dangerous ways of interacting with people. Cattle see the world differently from other animals. Once you understand how they think, you can treat them according to the cow-rule book, and they will respect you as the Boss. Of course,...
  3. How To Halter Break A Cow

    Having a halter broken cow on the farm is unexpectedly useful. Not only can your halter-led cow be handled more easily, but if your other cows see the halter-broken cow doing something, they are more likely to follow along. Starting as a Calf The easiest way to break a cow to lead is to start when she is very small. If you have a bottle calf or another tame calf, make it into a pet. Give it small treats and handle it regularly. Put a small halter and a sturdy lead rope on the calf, and let...
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