The district supervisors of Butte Soil and Water Conservation District recognized a need for a guide to low stress management of livestock and in cooperation with the Natural Resources Conservation Service received a grant to produce a livestock management manual. Steve Cote, district conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Arco, Idaho (from 1995 - 2014) spent years studying low stress livestock handling, attending workshops, and working with livestock. Cote then wrote Stockmanship – a Powerful tool for Grazing Lands Management based on his experiences.
NRCS distributed the manual throughout the agency. Steve presented workshops in several states and Butte SWCD has reprinted the manual two times. Manuals have been shipped throughout the US, Canada, and many other countries. This project has been a steady source of income for the District.
The book includes color photos and diagrams, and explains hands-on methods that teach:
- How to place cattle and have them stay for a day or more, without fences
- How to get stock to leave a location, water and return promptly
- How to prevent over-grazing
- Techniques for handling large herds through difficult terrain on the range or pasture
- How to reduce handling stress, livestock sickness, and increase productivity.
Copies of Stockmanship are available for $20 plus $3 shipping and handling by calling the Butte Soil and Water Conservation District at (208) 527-8557 ext 101 or emailing Frances Perkes at firstname.lastname@example.org Click on the link below for an order form.