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Improved design of handling equipment benefits all aspects of processing cattle.

Improved design applied to cattle handling equipment

Easier on cattle and people and the job gets done faster

For three weeks in December 2018, I filled in at a former practice. There were a few really positive things and improvements in many of the farms I visited previously. Most are progressive operators so improvements are always being made. These improve animal welfare and make it easier on the people involved — including me, […] Read more

Researchers found that exit and flight speed from chutes are reliable indicators of temperament. Heifers generally score higher in exit speeds.

Behaviour temperament scoring in replacement heifers

Different scoring systems have included chute, gait, exit and flight speed

Due to consumers’ perpetual concerns regarding animal welfare, producers are displaying a renewed interest in the study of temperament behaviour in beef cattle. Producers are also searching for legitimate technology and data to keep them on the cutting edge in their operational and financial decisions. They face more and more studies out of universities and […] Read more


Handlers standing safely above the pens operate the robots in the alleyways.

Cargill plants introduce cattle handling robots

Packers: News Roundup from the November 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Moving cattle from one pen to another can carry significant safety risks to those who are handling the cattle. Cargill Meat Solutions now has a plan to cut that risk that involves using robots to move the cattle controlled by employees who operate the robots via remote control from catwalks. “The average bovine weighs almost […] Read more

Curt Pate demonstrates his pressuring technique with cattle in the chute.

Effective stockmanship adds to the bottom line

... and it’s the right thing to do

For Curt Pate, handling cattle in an effective manner is vital to a stockman’s success. “What we really need to think about are what the effects of our cattle handling are doing to the performance of our cattle,” he said during the 2018 Western Canada Feedlot Management School in Regina. Pate, who came into the […] Read more


Five tips for easier cattle processing

As part of his appearance at the Western Canada Feedlot Management School, Curt Pate gave a processing demonstration at Ceylon Gap Feeders in Ceylon, Sask. Here are some of his tips for effectively creating flow through a processing system.



Mike Millar leads off the cattle handling facility demos at Ag in Motion 2018.

VIDEO: Cattle handling facilities at Ag in Motion

Daily demonstrations of cattle handling facilities were on display at the Ag in Motion show grounds northwest of Saskatoon, Sask., which ran July 17-19. Seen here are five exhibitors showing how their cattle chute systems work in real world conditions, a popular aspect of the show with attendees. Video editing by Greg Berg.

Auditing facilities and cattle handling

Canadian feedlot animal care assessment — Part 4

Properly constructed facilities and appropriate cattle-handling equipment confine cattle safely and efficiently with minimal stress and risk of injury to cattle and workers, going a long way to help alleviate much of the stress and frustration staff experience when working with excited, stubborn or aggressive animals. Auditors award five points if facilities and equipment are[...]
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Tina Williams and Richard McConnell have learned that less is more when handling cattle

Proper stockmanship, the Bud Williams’ way

If you want to build trust in your cattle, apply the right kind of pressure on them and learn to take two steps back

Cow whisperer’ Bud Williams used to have a saying when he was working cattle: “Slow is fast and less is more.” Now, four years after his death, Bud’s daughter and son-in-law are carrying on that tradition by teaching proper stockmanship — the Bud Williams’ way. “Cattlemen have been led to believe that the only way[...]
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Vesta plans to begin construction on a  European-designed water treatment plant this fall putting him on schedule to open in the first quarter of 2016.

New Alta. packer seeks Harmony by design

Rich Vesta’s pride in his family’s state-of-the-industry beef-processing plant is evident as he talks about the features that will make Harmony Beef a one-of-a-kind plant in North America. The modernized Rancher’s Beef facility located in a vast industrial area east of Balzac, Alta. is now loaded with the latest European technology to provide a safe,[...]
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