Category Archive: Livestock (farm and ranch animals)

The Art of Sheep Movement

by Ben Simpson, Australia’s premier livestock photographer: Advertisements

Wild Hogs

While hogs are next to impossible to drive, dogs can effectively get the hogs to chase and follow. Feral hogs are mean and ferocious and will not only go after them, and fight them,… Continue reading

Last Year’s Pups by Ernie Hartnagle

  Last year’s pups are working now Getting static from mother cow. And some others earn their keep Movin baby lambs and sheep. Copyright © 2011 by Ernie Hartnagle. All Rights Reserved.

Cowdogs on the Western Range

The herding system of the western cattle industry evolved from the cowboy culture. The stock handling practices of these mounted herders relied almost completely on horses. Herding dogs were secondary. Until, the advent… Continue reading


Working cattle effectively requires an understanding of bovine behavior. Fifty years ago, the men and women who worked with stock still lived on the land. They were for the most part themselves a… Continue reading

Working Wild Bison: The Ultimate Challenge

Bison management problems had developed during the late 1970’s and 80’s in various national parks throughout the western United States. Part of the problem was tourist liability. Tourists don’t think of this huge,… Continue reading

Cowology – An Excerpt

“Working cattle effectively requires an understanding of bovine behavior*1.  Fifty years ago, the men and women who worked with stock still lived on the land. They were for the most part themselves a… Continue reading

The Annual Wool Harvest

Wool is waterproof and durable. It is warm in winter and cool in summer. The annual wool harvest also known as sheep shearing is one aspect of wool production. Shearing usually takes place between April… Continue reading

Borderlines, February/March 2011

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Ten Sheep To Clothe One Soldier

During the Second World War sheep numbered at more than 55 million head in North America (peaking at 56 million in 1942). Today, there are less than six million head. According to the American Sheep Industry… Continue reading

A Natural Training System

Whether working with horses or stockdogs, pressure-and-release (also known as a conditioned response) is a training system – a natural method of teaching where the animal is taught to yield or move away from… Continue reading

Fall Roundup – How Cowdogs Saved the Day

Autumn is the time of the year when livestock is rounded up and gathered to be shipped to market.  Calves are collected and weaned and any that weren’t marked during the spring are… Continue reading

Western Horseman Magazine Book Review – October 2010

Stockdog Savvy  by Jeanne Joy Hartnagle-Taylor and Ty Taylor is a practical and useful handbook for ranchers as well as the hobbyist. If you want to learn to train stockdogs for farm and ranch work in the… Continue reading


Trivia: Cashmere is wool from Cashmere and other types of goats. Mohair generally refers to the yarn or silk-like fabric made from the hair of the Angora goat. It is similar to wool, but has a smoother… Continue reading