The hands of a veterinarian hold the life cycle of an animal in their care. The mind, however, directs the hands. Anyone who’s met Dr. Bob Smith knows the way he thinks is something else. It’s come from more than 30 years in the industry caring for its people and cattle. It’s why he earned the 2021 Industry Achievement Award.
Dr. Bob Smith, or “Doc Bob,” is the kind of man that looks to others’ success before his own. One that endeavors to be a life-long learner and shares that knowledge with anyone it’ll help. He’s also our 2021 Industry Achievement Award recipient.
Stress of any kind affects performance and health, but also well-being and behavior, a special focus for CSU animal scientist Lily Edwards-Callaway. Her team’s literature review found shade benefits vary by location, structure type and the weather.
Throwing shade on your herd It pays to do something about heat stressby Morgan Boecker March...
Two fishing cabins stood on the edge of the San Marcos river in 1919. Sixty years later Bodey Langford connected the two, as brick-by-brick, he built a home where he and Kathy would raise daughters Anna and Callie. There on his late father’s ranch near Lockhart, Texas, he also built his herd with purpose.
The owner-managers of Morgan Ranches learn and teach through such wisdom gathered over decades. Every day is a choice, and they choose to make it good. That positive philosophy only begins to tell why Morgan Ranches earned the 2020 CAB Commercial Commitment to Excellence award.
Humans developed over millennia to hunt and herd. When it’s time to move animals, instincts send us out with a purpose but sometimes little thought to how our aggressive behavior affects what they do. Stepping into a cattle pen, we naturally act the predator, manipulating where animals go. But good handling practices should turn us into leaders, says Kip Lukasiewicz.
We know what keeps an animal healthy, but do we know what they want? Lily Edwards-Callaway, of Colorado State University, shared animal welfare research during Cattlemen’s College session at the 2020 Cattle Industry Convention that she tag-teamed with NCBA’s Shawn Darcy.
Technology has done a lot for making rancher jobs easier—like automatic waterers. But nothing can replace the human side of stockmanship.