Stockmanship and Low Stress Cattle Handling with Whit Hibbard

Whit Hibbard is the editor of the Stockmanship StockmanshipJournal. He is also a practitioner of Low Stress Cattle Handling

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Whit Hibbard, is a fourth generation Montana cattle and sheep rancher and former national park mounted ranger. Whit is a student of low-stress livestock handling, natural horsemanship, ranch roping, and facilities design. He believes strongly in the importance and value of stockmanship and is committed to its serious study and promotion. Whit participated in a major paradigm shift on his family’s ranch (Sieben Live Stock Co., Adel, Montana) from conventional to low-stress livestock handling. He was the director of a highly successful two-year project to round up trespass livestock from Mexico in Big Bend National Park which used a stockmanship approach (see The Stockman Grass Farmer cover story, December, 2007) and similarly walked in wild horses at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Whit is not an authority on stockmanship, but with the contributions of subject experts he intends for the Journal to be authoritative. Holding a Ph.D. in Human Science and with three books and six peer-reviewed journal articles to his credit, Whit brings an appreciation for scientific rigor, critical thinking, evidence-based rationality, and empirical research skills to the study of stockmanship.

More info on Stockmanship and Low Stress Cattle Handling:

The Stockmanship Journal

Interview with Guy Glosson on Low-Stress Stockmanship

Curt Pate Stockmanship – An interview with Curt – Curt Pate Clinic Schedule

Bob Kinford on Bud Williams Livestock Handling and Rotational Grazing

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  • Brett Haas

    I can’t get the download link to work.

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  • Eric Sauerhagen

    Great interview! I think Whit and his journal are a wealth of valuable knowledge on a relatively underrated and under practiced technique. His knowledge and shared education through the journal will help define more objectively just what is low stress livestock handling. Having had the privilege to work with Whit regarding low stress handling, it is now a focus of mine for continued education and practice. Another good one Ag Insights!

  • Mike K

    Interesting interview. Those margins on production — 10% on milk, 6% on live weight, etc, have the potential to constitute far more than that number on the bottom line. Every penny earned beyond your cost is almost pure profit. For example, if I raise beef cattle and achieve 6% additional live weight through low stress handling and my normal finishing weight is 1000 lbs I will now have 1060 lbs. If I sell for $1.30 per lb live weight I have increased my revenue from $1300 to $1378. That might not sound like much of a difference. But how much did it cost me to raise this animal? If it costs me nothing then I did indeed have a 6% increase in profit. If I bought a stocker and spend a total of $700 bringing it to finishing weight I have $600 profit at 1000 lbs and $678 at 1060 lbs. That constitutes a 13% increase in profit! As the cost goes up those small production increases make a huge difference.