How to Drive Cow and Calf Pairs

How to Drive Cow and Calf Pairs

Whit Hibbard

Drovers

he primary problem when driving pairs is cows and calves getting separated, which often leads to runbacks, or at least to very unhappy, stressed out cattle and people. But it needn’t be that way. Cows and calves trail all over by themselves and don’t have runbacks, right? Have you ever seen a runback when humans weren’t around messing with them? So, that tells us that trailing out is natural to cattle—they already know how to do it—so think how nice it would be if we could stimulate that natural behavior.

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