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Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems

Ranch Resiliency and Range Steward Workshop

Monday, Apr. 22, 2019, through Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2019, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Susanville CA

This event is the second in a series of Ranch Resiliency workshops to be held in Susanville.

This workshop will focus on stockmanship through an emphasis on the principles and techniques of low stress livestock handling. 

The sessions will be led by Whit Hibbard. See more information about Hibbard and stockmanship.(opens in new window)

The workshop will start with a classroom portion on Monday, April 22 followed by two options for hands-on work with cattle at Willow Creek Ranch on the 23th and 24th.

You are welcome to attend just the classroom portion. Limited space is available for the hands-on days. 

This workshop is being offered at no cost ($10 lunch on Monday).

If you would like more information, directions, or to register please call 530-514-3107 or email bowens@pointblue.org(opens in new window)

Monday, April 22 from 9:00am-4:30pm at the Susanville Elks Lodge

Principles and Techniques of Low-Stress Livestock Handling

9:00-9:30am: Sign-in, coffee and morning snacks

9:30am: Program

  • What low-stress livestock handling (LSLH) is and why it's important?
  • Understanding LSLH principles and why they work
  • Techniques for applying the principles – how to get started
  • Practical applications (e.g., driving, gathering, settling and placing, corral work, facilities, fenceline weaning, loading out)
  • Reducing vulnerability of livestock to predators through LSLH
  • Benefits of LSLH: increased performance, herd health, efficiency, reduced labor, pasture and range productivity, economics

12:00pm: Lunch for $10.00 (tri-tip sandwiches and sides served by the Elk’s Lodge)

Afternoon: Continuation of program topics

Tuesday and Wednesday April 23/24 from 9:00am-3:00pm at Willow Creek Ranch

Applications of Low-Stress Livestock Handling

9:00-9:30am: Arrive at Willow Creek Ranch, coffee and snacks

9:30am: Program

  • Approaching, starting, driving, and turning a herd
  • Corral work (e.g., emptying pens, working alleyways, sorting, weighing, processing)
  • Using a Bud Box, and creating a Bud Box with what you have
  • Loading a chute, loading a gooseneck
  • Training cattle to work as a herd

12:00pm: Lunch

Afternoon: Continuation of program topics

This event is sponsored by Working Circle Proactive Stewardship, Lassen County Cattlemen and Lassen County Farm Bureau.