Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Cattle Handling

I attended a workshop last week focused on proper ways of handling cattle, euthanizing cattle and how to ensure these practices are being carried out on your farm. Many cattle ranchers and dairy farmers attended the workshop. I found this comforting knowing that they are willing to continue their education even though most of them have been handling cattle their whole lives! It's good to have the attitude that, "there's always room for improvement."

There were some videos shown that were taken by undercover animal rights activists. Animals were being abused and mistreated in these videos. The reactions I saw in the crowd consisted mostly of anger and confusion. One producer raised his hand and asked, "How can someone sit there and video this abuse and watch it go on without putting a stop to it?" The same question went through my head and no one has an explanation for that.

Here are some photos of the workshop, a day well spent.
 Dr. Kurt Vogel from University of Wisconsin, River Falls led the workshop.

 Live cattle handling demonstration.

Local farmers sat on a panel to discuss handling policies on their ranches.