stress free stockmanship

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Herding Without Hurting

The premium 2 day course in stockhandling skills.  You’ll be taken through all the most up to date Stockmanship principles during the first morning and then it is out to the paddock and yards to put it into action and see what a difference it makes to the animals.

Availability:  Australia - all year on demand.  International - by arrangement.

Price:  650 plus GST per person

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Integrated Weed Management with Stress Free Stockmanship

An introductory day on the wonderful world of weed eating - livestock style!  A chance to see how you can take Stockmanship skills and apply them in ways to change the behaviour of your animals so that they can expand their diet to include weeds.

Availability:   Australia - all year on demand.  For states other than NSW additional travel costs apply if not in conjunction with other course visits.

Price: Group cost - (up to 15 people) 1050 plus GST

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On-farm Individual Coaching

Practical training at your own place in your own facilities.  Problem solving with a personal touch, working on troublespots or difficult situations.  Includes the preparation of yard renovation plans and suggestions.

Availability:  Central West NSW - all year, other areas in conjunction with other course visits.

Price:  800 plus GST (up to 5 people in workteam - each additional person 100)

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Researchers and Agency Development

Specialised coursework for staff, researchers and students involved in livestock and animal husbandry issues.  The two days covers the underpinning background research, interaction with livestock managers using the techniques and practical exercises. This will enable those working in studies with animals to actively de-stress animals so that they can express behaviours that lead to meaningful research results.

Availability:  Australia - all year on demand.  International - by arrangement.

Price:  650 plus GST per person

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Seminar/Conference Speaking Engagements

Bruce has spoken from the National Press Club to outback sheds and everything in between to groups both large and small.  Speaking engagements to larger groups are an ideal way to begin spreading benefits of Stress Free approaches to wider audiences.  Attendance at any event can include multiple addresses both during the day and evening for the maximum assistance to the attendees.

Availability:  Australia - all year on demand.  International - by arrangement.

Price:  1050 plus GST, plus travel/accommodation if required.
**Special note -  Fees may be waived for community based organisations - contact us directly to find out if your local group can qualify for a no-cost seminar booking.

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De-Stressing People and Livestock

A specialised two day course aimed at local communities suffering drought/seasonal, government or external stressors.  This is a very special offering combining the Herding Without Hurting course and Herman’s Brain Index (HBDI) thinking styles learning.  A chance for people to get off their properties for a complete rejuvenating break from the pressures of difficult situations.  Designed as a circuit breaker with long term benefits for the people as they gain new abilities to communicate with others while reducing stress in their animals.  A women only option is also available for this course.

Availability:  Central West NSW - all year, other areas in conjunction with other course visits.  International - not available.

Price:  850 plus GST per person, plus travel/accommodation outside Central West NSW.
**Special note- These courses are aimed at agency/assistance bodies providing the funding totally or in part.  It is directed toward assisting individuals to relieve personal stress while providing a long term triple bottom line benefit (people, livestock business, landscape).

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Yard Design Assistance and Efficiency Improvement

Individual yard design and improvement strategies.  Usually conducted on farm where video analysis of yard work is assessed to work on not only hardware improvements but also handler movements to improve efficiency.  Suited to large and small operations with particular relevance to feedlot or intensive businesses wishing to save large amounts on labour requirements.  A video and written report is included in the service.

Availability:  Central West NSW - all year, other areas in conjunction with other course visits.  International- not available.

Price:  800 plus GST per day required, plus travel/accommodation outside Central West NSW.

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Phone: 0466 271 063
Mail: Willydah, Narromine, NSW 2821

stress free stockmanship

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It is widely recognised that stress can have a big influence on meat quality…

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…they were less stressed and grew faster…

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The calm animals were seen to eat up to 75% more often and this translated to a 53% difference in weight gain per head per day - meaning calm animals can put on half as much weight again as the nervous cattle.

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…the calm animals were never sick compared to the nervous animals, 40% of which succumbed to illness at some stage.

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Animals are  very much individuals which means we can't generalise about breeds when it comes to coping with stress.

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…feedlots can end up achieving production gains…

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Stress in livestock can lower productivity and possibly increase the risk of contamination from Salmonella and other bacterial pathogens.

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…a correlation of immune and neurological changes with anxiety measures…

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…now well recognised that stress predisposes livestock to be more susceptible to disease…

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…that exposure of a pregnant animal to stress during gestation can result in her offspring being more reactive to stressors in maturity.

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High levels of stress can severely compromise the immune system and is the single most important factor in determining whether animals get sick or not.

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BRD results from a combination of stress and infectious agents is the most common cause of illness and death in Australian feedlot cattle.

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…yard weaned calves grew 60% faster in the first month on feed…

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Where sows appear to be fearful of humans, reproductive performance was depressed.

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…we can account for about 20% of the variations in reproductive performance in terms of the fear response.

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The behaviour of the stock person towards the animal is the main factor regulating the fear responses…

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They also showed better resource utilisation (growth per unit of feed) and better resistance to adult stress.

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Low stress levels often act in a cumulative fashion creating significant loss.

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A stressed animal needs to consume far more resources to grow to a comparable level of a non stressed counterpart.

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…handling studies have shown that a high fear of humans results in a chronic stress response with adverse effects on growth and reproduction…

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…found that attitudes of stockpeople toward interacting with their animals were correlated with the behaviour of the stockpeople, which in turn , was found to be correlated with fear of humans by the farm animals…

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Significant negative correlations, based on farm averages have been found between fear of humans and the productivity of broiler chickens, dairy cows, laying hens and pigs.

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The response of livestock to stressors can lead to reduced disease resistance, due to immunosuppression, and reduced growth, due to altered priorities for utilisation of nutrients.

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…cattle that are less reactive to milking produce more milk of better quality…

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Merino ewes of calm temperament can provide better quality milk…

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Poor mustering or handling during yarding and transport loading dramatically increases the rate of glycogen loss.

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When this occurs (glycogen depletion) it will take a minimum of five days on good nutrition before these energy stores start to be replenished.

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The rate of pH decline varies with the pre-slaughter state of the animal.

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Minimising stress and ensuring animals have enough energy reserves will assist in achieving an ideal pH-temperature decline.

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…sheep have excellent spatial memory abilities…

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It's actually well known that if you place an animal in an optimal environment then it grows better, it reproduces better and the quality of the wool or the meat or the milk from it is also better.

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…identified stress as a major cause of glycogen depletion, the muscle sugars that contribute to eating quality.

 
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