Three steps for gathering cattle in an open pasture, developed by Bud Williams at Colorado State University.  In step 1, before any attempt is made to move the cattle, the handler moves in a zig-zag pattern on the edge of the collective flight zone to encourage the cattle to bunch.  Attempting to move the cattle before they are bunched may cause them to scatter.  Ignore stragglers at this point.  In step 2, as the cattle begin to move together, reduce the arc of the zig-zag.  Do not circle around the cattle.  In step 3, when the cattle are lined up in the correct direction, apply additional pressure to encourage them to move in the desired direction.  Increase or decrease the pressure to encourage the cattle to move faster or slower.  For more information, see T. Grandin, Livestock Handling and Transport, 2nd Edition, CAB International, Wallingford, Oxon, UK.

Gather cattle on pasture

Credit: Temple Grandin

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Description: Three steps for gathering cattle in an open pasture, developed by Bud Williams at Colorado State University. In step 1, before any attempt is made to move the cattle, the handler moves in a zig-zag pattern on the edge of the collective flight zone to encourage the cattle to bunch. Attempting to move the cattle before they are bunched may cause them to scatter. Ignore stragglers at this point. In step 2, as the cattle begin to move together, reduce the arc of the zig-zag. Do not circle around the cattle. In step 3, when the cattle are lined up in the correct direction, apply additional pressure to encourage them to move in the desired direction. Increase or decrease the pressure to encourage the cattle to move faster or slower. For more information, see T. Grandin, Livestock Handling and Transport, 2nd Edition, CAB International, Wallingford, Oxon, UK.

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