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Category Archives: Livestock behavior

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Affirm the behavior you want to see

Learning to “Speak Cow”: Part 2 The “flight zone” Simple livestock behavior principles can help you as a biker or hiker If a stranger came up to you on the street, and stood an inch away from you shoulder, you would probably at least take a step away, and perhaps even assume they were deranged. […]

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Cattle Perception & Bikes

Learning to “Speak Cow” as a Mountain Biker or Hiker: Part 1 Reading cattle body language can help you know what to do If you are biking, and you come upon a cow, and that cow looks up at you, you have entered their “zone of awareness.” The cow is aware you are there but […]

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The Unknown is Scary – Livestock Response to Novelty

How novelty – like the sudden appearance of a biker – can cause stress (And, what stress does to cattle) Anything that is new or sudden can cause stress in cows (Grandin 1989; Grandin 1980; Grandin 1984; Grandin et al. 1998). Whether you think so or not, as a biker, you are novel to a […]

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