Reduced-Stress Cattle Handling Highlights KLA Seminars

Reduced-Stress Cattle Handling Highlights KLA Seminars

Curt Pate to present demonstrations at Cow-Calf Profitability Seminars; additional topics include respiratory diseases, preconditioning calves, evaluating cow body condition.

Montana rancher Curt Pate will give conduct live demonstrations on how to handle cattle with less stress on the animals at all three of this year's Kansas Livestock Associaton Cow-Calf Profitability Seminars.

Pate, who has been doing horse and cattle handling demonstrations for more than 15 years, was a technical adviser for the 1998 movie, "The Horse Whisperer."

During each seminar, Pate will discuss the five principles of cattle behavior that should be considered when gathering, penning, processing and hauling cattle. He also will explain the critical role proper handling plays in increasing consumers' confidence in beef.

The first seminar will be held August 31 at the Fort Scott Livestock Market. In addition to Pate's live cattle-handling demonstration, Intervet/Schering-Plough Beef Cattle Technical Services Manager Dr. Mark Spire will provide information on how to best maintain respiratory health in cattle. Bud Mareth, with Land O Lakes/Purina Feed, also will be on hand to discuss the value of preconditioning calves.

The final two 2010 cow-calf profitability seminars will be held September 1 at Cloud County Community College in Concordia and September 2 at the Barton County Fairgrounds in Great Bend. At each of these events, Kansas State University Extension Livestock Specialist Sandy Johnson will join Pate and Spire on the program.

Johnson will discuss how to sharpen skills with a live evaluation of cow weight and body condition scoring.

Each seminar is free and will begin with registration at 3:30 p.m. A complimentary beef meal will conclude the evening. Reservations are requested by August 26 by e-mailing [email protected] or calling KLA at 785 273-5115. For more information and a registration form, go to                  

KLA is a trade organization representing the business interests of independent beef producers at the state and national levels. Members of the association are involved in all segments of the livestock industry, including cow-calf production, backgrounding, cattle feeding, swine, dairy and sheep.

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