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2012 Tri-County Ag Day features low-stress cattle handling seminar on June 8

BROOKINGS, SD – The difference between working with people or animals who want to do something, versus working with people or animals who don’t is amazing, says Dr. Tom Noffsinger, a large animal veterinarian and low-stress livestock handling consultant.

“We’ve all seen lots of people ask cattle to do things in a way that took away the cattle’s self-esteem,” said Noffsinger, who has practiced low-stress cattle handling, and taught feedyard and commercial cattle producers the technique for more than 10 years. “Our goal is to create voluntary cattle movement.”

Dr. Noffsinger says the key to getting cattle to want to go where the cattle producer wants them to go is based on the cattle producer’s ability to understand cattle and effectively communicate with them. He will introduce cattle producers to low-stress handling techniques and teach them how to effectively communicate with their cattle during a seminar at the Tri-County Ag Day June 8 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the SDSU Cottonwood Research Station.

“Each time cattle change their address, cattle producers need to see that time as an opportunity to increase cattle confidence in where they live,” said Noffsinger, of working with young calves, moving cattle for branding, weaning, or after purchase and feedyard arrival.

Along with reducing the labor force needed to move and work cattle, low-stress cattle handling is proven to have a positive impact on the bottom line.

“It increases their feed intake, improves immune function and disease resistance,” Noffsinger said. “It also creates honesty in cattle, so they communicate their true state of health, instead of hiding lameness and signs of illness.”

There is a $25 registration fee for the low-stress cattle handling seminar; it covers all members of the same operation.

Because low-stress cattle handling isn’t about how one individual does things, but is about how everyone works together, organizers encourage adults and youth who work with livestock to all attend the seminar together.

Along with the seminar, Tri-County Ag Day also includes a trade show, which will open at 10 a.m. and run to about 8 p.m. The trade show is open to the public.

Tri-County Ag Day includes a poster session featuring SDSU research projects and Extension programs. Participants will have an opportunity to visit with SDSU researchers and Extension Specialists about current research and projects South Dakota State University is working on. Participants are encouraged to share ideas for research and future programming.

An Ag Appreciation Banquet will be held at 6 p.m. to thank area producers. The banquet is sponsored by area business; SDSU ice cream will be served. Everyone is invited to attend, even if you can’t make it to the low-stress livestock handling seminar. Please come and enjoy the meal and an opportunity to visit with vendors at the trade show.

Gold sponsors for the event include: Alltech, Boehringer-Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc, Cattle Business Weekly, Certified Angus Beef, Dakota Radio Group, First National Bank and Agency-Philip, Golden Veterinary Service, Golden West Telecommunications, Grossenburg Implement, Hubbard Feeds, Kadoka Community Betterment Association, KBHB Radio, Kennedy Implement, Midwest Cooperatives, Pennington/Jackson County Farm Bureau, Philip Livestock Auction, South Dakota Grassland Coalition, and Tri-State Livestock News.

June 1 is the registration deadline; pre-register for the seminar, banquet or both by calling the Rapid City Regional Extension Center at 605-394-1722 or e-mailing Paulette Morse at paulette.morse@sdstate.edu. For more information, contact Adele Harty at adele.harty@sdstate.edu or 605-394-1722.

– SDSU Extension