You got what you wanted, the livestock got what they wanted, you just didn't get to do what you wanted.
The value of stockmanship needs to be understood before you can make the decision to begin to integrate it into your own livestock management.
These are all things good stockmanship can help you with!
The good news is, most everyone can improve their stockmanship in some degree and with just a little practice. Starting out slowly, working with the animals in a slightly changed way will give you positive results you can build on until bigger changes and even better results are achieved. This isn’t an “all or nothing” thing. Even making small changes in the way you work your livestock can show big results. You can stay at that level and enjoy some benefits of better stockmanship, or you can learn and change even more and see how many more values you can find for good stockmanship!
Just like learning to ride a bicycle, you can’t learn stockmanship only from reading a book. By attending a stockmanship school you will hear stories, see examples, and learn techniques to get started. This combined with the Bud Williams videos and/or the Steve Cote book (see below) will give you the resources you need. You can return to the books and video every so often and pick up new things as you grow and learn through your own practice.
Perhaps the best starting advice was a statement Tauna Powell made at one of my stockmanship schools. She said, “Keep your hat on your head, your hands in your pockets and your mouth shut.”
The main source of information about stockmanship is on Bud Williams Stockmanship web page located here. See the assortment of videos available for sale including Bud Williams’ 5 hour presentation at the 1990 Stockman Grass Farmers Grazing Conference DVD set for $125 and the new 18 hour external hard drive of video for $750.
“Stockmanship,” a book by Steve Cote, is also an excellent resource. To order, send $23 to Butte SWCD, PO Box 819, Arco, ID 83213.