that’s an improvement BY TERRYN DRIELING
Let’s Build A “Bud” Box
Has your handling
system seen better
days? Maybe it’s
time for a makeover!
BUD BOX BASICS
Bud Boxes are nothing fancy, but
don’t let their simple design fool you.
There is a right (and wrong) way to
use them that should be considered
before permanently installing one.
Well-known and respected stockmanship
expert Bud Williams, who
passed away in 2012, created the
Bud Box to work with the instinctive
behaviors of cattle. Their natural
desires to return to where they came
from and go around something from
which they feel pressure are what
make the Bud Box work.
Cattle walk in past the opening to
the alley leading up to the chute or
trailer load-out, hit a dead-end, and
naturally want to come back. Flow
never stops as they walk around the
handler and into the alley. Successful
fl ow of cattle through the simple set
up and into the alley is heavily dependent
on correct handler positioning.
Bud Williams Stockmanship (www.
stockmanship.com), explains the most
common mistake folks make when
using a Bud Box is trying to drive cattle
to the opening of the lead-up alley
(instead of pressuring them against the
back of the box and letting them decide
that they want to go back) thus defeating
the purpose of the Bud Box and
leading to undo stress and frustration
for both the animals and handler.
DIY BUD BOX
While you can play around with
sizing and build a Bud Box out of a
variety of materials, there are some
should’s and should not’s that apply
no matter what.
A BUD BOX…
Should be rectangular in shape.
While the size of a Bud Box can
vary, the shape shouldn not. It should
always be rectangular and longer than
it is wide.
o, you want to install a Bud Box? We can’t blame you there.
Bud Boxes are cost effective, easy to construct, and can
be an effective tool in low-stress cattle handling. But
whether you buy or DIY, understanding the basics of the
Bud Box is the key to success. Here’s what you need to
know before you set that fi rst post.
22 I WORKING RANCH I MARCH 2019