Acclimation – to become accustomed to a new environment. (Webster’s definition)

Cattle undergo acclimation whenever their situation changes. This can be particularly stressful following weaning and when cattle arrive into feed yards. It is generally well understood that stress is detrimental to production and health. The handlers’ role during acclimation however, is not always well understood.

When handlers interact with cattle they are shaping the subsequent behavior of the cattle, whether the handler intends to or not. Instead of letting acclimation simply happen without guidance Cattlexpressions training teaches handlers how to become competent at guiding the acclimation process to successfully transition cattle to new environments and shape behavior in a positive manner. Successful acclimation can lead to improved health and behaviors that result in subsequent production events being labor efficient, low stress, time efficient and safe.


Herd Movement
When moving the cowherd for any production event it is desirable to have the project completed without stress and with mutual understanding (between the cattle and their handlers). This is possible when the principles of low stress cattle handling are applied. Large numbers of cattle willingly move from pasture to pasture, through what some may consider challenging geography and enter corrals in a frame of mind that is ready and willing for the next project. Cattlexpressions can help handlers understand how to move large numbers of animals in a low stress manner.

A Few Of Our Past Projects

National and International Veterinary Meeting Presentations

CanWestBanff, Alberta Canada

Universite Laval Quebec City, Quebec Canada

Pfizer Feedlot Semiar Puerta Vallarta Mexico

International Beef Cattle Welfare Symposium Kansas State University, Manhattan KS

CVC West San Diego, CA

Wild West Conference Reno, NV

Academy of Veterinary Consultants. Colordado Springs CO

American Association Bovine Practitioners Fort Worth, TX

Western Veterinary Conference Las Vegas, NV

Academy of Veterinary Consultants Colorado Springs, CO

Wild West Conference Reno, NV

State and Provincial Veterinary Association Meeting Presentations

Mississippi VMA. Columbia, MS

North Dakota VMA. Minot, ND

Tennessee VMA Music City Veterinary Conference. Nashville, TN

Manitoba VMA Annual Winter Conference. Winnipeg, MB

Jackson Hole Veterinary Rendezvous. Jackson Hole, WY

South Dakota VMA. Sioux Falls, SD

Iowa VMA. Ames, IA

Missouri VMA. Osage Beach, MO

Interstate VMA. Sioux City, SD

Nebraska VMA. Sidney, NE

National Cattlemen’s Association Meetings

NCBA Cattlemen’s College Phoenix, AZ

NCBA Cattlemen’s College Nashville, TN

NCBA Cattlemen’s College San Antonio, TX

American Dairy Science Association

Consultation Projects

Alberta Beef Health Solutions

Baca Co. Feeders

Ballco Feeders

Cargill Meat Solutions

Cactus Feeders

Chappell Feedlot

Schramm Feedlot

Ordway Feeders

State & Provincial Cattlemen’s Association Meetings & Seminars

Kansas Livestock Association Cattle Handling and Animal Health Series

Kansas Graziers Association Assaria KS

Kansas Graziers Association Salina KS

Texas Cattle Feeders Association Hereford, TX & Goodwell, OK.

Ranchers Stewardship Alliance Malta & Glasgow, MT

Tennessee Cattlemen’s Annual Convention Pigeon Forge, TN

Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Seminars. Pipeston, Carberry, Roblin, Eriksdale & Steinbach MB

Nevada-California Cattlemen’s Association Reno, NV

Western Ranchers Beef Conference Reno, NV

Northwest Oklahmoma Cattlemen’s Association Woodward, OK

Kansas Livestock Association Wichita, KS

Montana Stockgrowers. Billings, MT.

Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives seminars Gladstone & Elgin, MB

Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives seminars Winnipeg & Brandon, MB.

Kansas Cattlemen’s Association Annual Convention Great Bend, KS

Colorado Cattlemen’s Association Steamboat Springs, CO

KSU Agricultural Research Center – Roundup Hays, KS

Kansas Cattlemen’s Association Annual Convention Dodge City, KS

Central KS Cow-Calf Symposium Russell, KS

University Sponsored Seminars

Beef Improvement & Low Stress Cattle Handling Seminar UC Davis. Davis, CA

Integrated Resource Management Program Bedford, Indiana

Animal Handling & Welfare Issues Forum Reedley College. Coalinga, CA

KSU Ranch Management Field Day Russell Springs, KS

Manitoba Grazing School Brandon, Manitoba

Cooperative Extension Sponsored Seminars

Oklahoma State University Extension.

Wheatland Stocker Conference Enid, OK

K-State Research & Extension Low Stress Handling Seminar Emporia & Lawrence, KS

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Seminar Series

Veterinary Clinic & Feedlot Client Appreciation Meetings

Virden Animal Hospital Oak Lake, Manitoba

Reid Veterinary Clinic Nowata, OK

Rolling Hills Feedlot Assiniboia, SK

Pryor Vet Clinic Pryor, OK

Holdrege Vet Clinic Holdrege, NE

Overton Veterinary Clinic Overton, NE

Twin Forks Veterinary Clinic Benkelman, NE

Pharmaceutical Company Sponsored Meetings & Seminars

Pfizer Animal HealthChoteau, MT

Intervet-Schering-Plough Williams Lake, British Columbia

Intervet-Schering-Plough Red Deer, Alberta

Intervet-Schering-Plough Brandon, Manitoba General LSH seminar

Pfizer – Friona Industries Amarillo, TX Feedlot Seminar

Form A Feed Beef Seminar Shetek Bend, MN

Pfizer Boone-Nance County Cattlemen Sioux City, IA

Quad City Feedlot Conference Davenport IA

Pfizer Sponsored Cummins County Feeders Assoc. Wisner NE

Form A Feed Beef Seminar MN General LSH

Alpharma Seminar Joplin, MO Pre-conditioning Seminar

Cargill – Applied Receiving Cattle School Oklahoma State University.

Ranch Sponsored Seminars

J Bar L Monida, MT

Northfork Ranch

Seiben Livestock Cascade, MT Exercise Pairing Seminar

Seiben Livestock Cascade, MT corral design and cattle handling

Padlock Ranch WY

Spring Valley Ranch Ely, NV LSH Seminar

Babacomari Ranch Sonoita, AZ Calf Receiving and Acclimation 3 day seminar

Western Ranch Managers Group

Western Sustainability Exchange

Radio/TV

RFD-TV, April 2008

Radio shows, KBUF, NAFB, KGNC, KKOW.

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