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Pressure Down” Stockmanship, and every mom and daughter around would see to it that everyone on their operation was trained in this discipline. I could talk endlessly about it, but I’ll just share the top five Pate-isms that definitely struck a chord. 1. “It’s economics. But it’s also emotions. People can’t understand how much we care for these animals. There’s nothing more important than treating them right.” 2. “Cattle can read us better than we can read them. That’s mental pressure, they pick up on fear, anger, etc. and it affects how they handle. Keep your attitude right, don’t cause yourself more problems.” 3. “Effective stockmanship is being at the right place, at the right time, with the right pressure. The balance point is a mental thing, you’ve got to get a hold of their mind first, and then you can move their feet.” 4. “Stockmanship is like a roundabout. You’ve got to be thinking, talking and driving all at the same time. It’s tough.” 5. “If your wife’s along with you, and will still cook you supper that night, it was a good day.” (This one’s my favorite!) After Curt’s presentation, I left the Ranch and headed to my hotel on the espite the impending doom of winter’s arrival to Colorado, I headed east on Monday, November 16, bound for my first ever Range Beef Cow Symposium XXIV (RBCS). I’d heard great things from colleagues who had attended previous events, and I was looking forward to what I might learn. MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2015 I came in on Monday, as I wanted to attend the BQA program. Since I’m a newly-minted trainer here in Colorado, I wanted the opportunity to watch the pros do it before jumping off into my own trainings. But mostly, I wanted to watch Curt Pate. He’s sort of my hero when it comes to lowstress stockmanship. And I was possibly going to have the opportunity to meet him. In person. The classroom session of the BQA training went well. Afterwards, we headed out to the Ranchway Arena to get some hands-on chute-side training. Dr. Steve Paisley from the University of Wyoming gave us some great tips, and suddenly it was time for the event I had been waiting on ever since I saw the schedule… Curt was up. And yes, I got to meet him. I’m sold on the benefits of low-stress stockmanship. In fact, I think we should rename it “Keep Dad’s Blood MARCH 2016 | WORKING RANCH | 99 The 24th Range Beef Cow Symposium, held at The Ranch, Larimer County Fairgrounds in Loveland, Colorado, presented by the Cooperative Extension Services and the Animal Science Departments of: • University of Nebraska • South Dakota State University • Colorado State University • University of Wyoming Over 820 people participated at RBCS, representing 25 states and 3 countries.


Working Ranch - March 2016
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