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ASCI 223 - Lab 2 - Effective Herding

ASCI 223 - Lab 2 - Effective Herding - Effective Herding...

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Effective Herding Since the concept of domestication began, humans have needed to move livestock from place to place for various reasons. Until the advent of motorized vehicles, this movement occurred as a result of herding. Given the fact that domestication started over 6000 years ago, and we have only had vehicles capable of transporting livestock for less than 100 years, people had a long time to highly develop the skills of herding. Unfortunately, skills like herding are easily lost from one generation to the next as we come to rely on technology. It has only been relatively recently that we have realized some of the true benefits of appropriate herding, therefore, learning how to herd animals now becomes a critical piece of successful livestock management. It is quite common now to hear people refer to “low stress” herding and management. Why is this critical? Very simply, when animals sense stress, tension builds. As tension builds, strain is placed on the system. When a system is strained, immune function is compromised and energy is diverted from productive uses to defensive ones. Animals being stressed are far more likely to suffer from disease, be less productive, and perform at lower levels. This applies to all animals, including humans. Therefore, if we want healthy animals that perform and produce at optimum levels, we must seek to reduce the sources of stress. There are a relatively few basics things to remember if you want a group of animals to go from where they are to where you want them to be. A simple rule to remember is that if the animals are not going where they are supposed to, you are doing something wrong.
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