After a few of those hair-raising experiences, I just had to seek out a new way. If anything just for my own sanity! Fortunately, relief came along.
On Wedneday, April 6, I attended a Leadership and Cattle Handling Skills for Women Producers workshop at the North Carolina State University Beef Unit in Raleigh. What a great workshop! Female experts in the areas of pasture management, cattle health (vaccinations/deworming), and reproduction did a fantastic job of providing tips to help over 20 female producers on their beef farms.
|(Photo by Boyd Kidwell.)|
I came away from the workshop with renewed hope that the next time I help work cattle, it should be a much more pleasant experience -- less stress for the cattle and me! I still need to master the low stress cattle handling techniques to get away from all of those old habits we've all been taught, but now I have the tools to do it right.
I believe most of the ladies that left the session at the end of the day were quite pleased with what they learned and accomplished. My cowgirl hat goes off to those who coordinated the program. You saved my marriage!