The stockhandling topics covered

  • How to start, stop and create a good steady flow of livestock
  • Pressure and relief
  • Anticipating the moves of animals
  • Your position in relation to the mob
  • Understanding the distance you need to work stock from
  • The path you walk
  • The way a persons demeanour and body language effects livestock
  • The angles of a persons feet and head
  • Working with others - The importance of positive feedback, communication and encouragement in creating a safe, harmonious and enjoyable working environment.
  • Safety issues - Improved economic welfare and OH&S outcomes can be gained by applying the techniques demonstrated throughout the course.
  • Animal welfare
  • Yard design
  • Mob structure - Participants learn how to work cattle/livestock and dogs in a way that utilizes the natural order of the mob which creates harmonious working of livestock.
  • Use of prodders and sticks
  • How to work livestock in a fashion to get a job done and have them
    remain co-operative next time you work them.
  • Skills to implement a wider weaner training programme are demonstrated and practiced by participants.


The methods of teaching are verbal descriptions, visual diagrams and analogies, DVD's and actual working of livestock and dogs.

 

Working Dogs Section

The dog side of the course is about finishing up with above average working dogs without becoming a dog training fanatic.

It is desirable for participants to bring their own dogs. However if they don't have dogs we do supply dogs for them to use at the course. So all the participants have the opportunity to equip themselves with knowledge, techniques and experience for later use.

The course constantly emphasizes the extreme importance of selecting dogs that have the right natural instinct to suit your needs.
The method and concept we are trying to promote will only be successful if quality border collies or quality kelpies are used. There are isolated cases of german koolies being successful.

It is shown how to get manners and social graces on a dog so it acts civilized and develops a good attitude.

Participants are shown how to cleverly set up a mob of livestock that are learner person and learner pup friendly. Then along with was it taught with the stock handling, people realise that with their correct body positioning and timing, a dog naturally automatically finds the right position to be at with a mob of livestock. This allows for a speedy development of a dog or team of dogs with the bi-product being an educated mob of livestock, who's attitude of co-operation can become rapidly infectious throughout the rest of your sheep/cattle.

It is impossible to find the perfect dog so especially working cattle we promote the use of multiple dogs with differing natural instincts working as a team. This allows people to have a good dog effect over a mob of cattle without having the daunting task of trying to find and train the perfect dog. What we show is aimed for establishing a good team of working dogs for practical on property, shearing shed, truck, sale yard, mustering type use. Anyone following these methods and doing it correctly will find it a good base platform for starting dogs for trial and yard dogs competitions.

It is constantly highlighted that gaining an understanding of what is being taught is of immense importance for grazing systems and especially intense systems to be successful.

Much effort at the course goes in to teaching participants how to on-teach this, because of the realisation that staff attraction and retention is crucial for economic survival of many. Having people with teaching desire and ability is one of the most important areas our rural industry needs to immediately address.