Stockmanship and Stewardship
Stockmanship and Stewardship is an innovative seminar series that was begun in 2008 by Curt Pate, Ron Gill and Todd McCartney in a cooperative agreement between these three and the National Cattleman’s Beef Association. In 2008 and 2009 the effort has focused on working with livestock auction markets across the United States where seminars were conducted in 25 states and in 35 auction markets. In addition producer trainings were conducted in conjunction with all of these trainings. The unique approach uses live cattle demo's to inform cattlemen about the importance and benefits of proper cattle handling – and its critical role in increasing the consumers' confidence in beef.
In 2009 and continuing into 2010 Stockmanship and Stewardship is partnering with NRCS and the Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative to conduct trainings in cattle handling and placement as a tool in grazing management. This partnership is expanding the audience and highlighting another tool to using in capturing the economic benefit of improved stockmanship and livestock management.
What has set this effort apart is the dedication of the originators to not only producers but the manner in which the program includes special hands-on training sessions at livestock auction markets where employees are coached in stockmanship methods and educated on their pivotal role in sustaining beef quality for the consumer. This program complements and supplements the Livestock Market Association training and audit of network of professional livestock markets by LMA regional directors.
Another aspect of Stockmanship and Stewardship that sets this effort apart is the partnership between national associations such as NCBA, LMA, Livestock Marketing Council(LMC), regional/state associations such as Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association, Mississippi Cattlemen’s Association, Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, local cattlemen’s associations such as Nebraska’s Thayer County Feeders and auction market companies such as Sulfur Springs Livestock Market, Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association.
Perhaps the most unique aspect of this effort is that no one is trying to sell anything through this program. It is purely an educational effort in support of the needs of all phases of the industry to focus on animal well-being and capitalize on these efforts through improved performance of livestock.
The Stockmanship and Stewardship effort will continue to be delivered as in previous years and will continue to be led by talented presenters who each have unique skills to share with the audience. Curt Pate will continue to work in this effort across the nation. Curt will be joined by Ron Gill and other outstanding leaders in Beef Quality Assurance and Producer Education when needed to share the “three legged stool” approach of animal care and handling, BQA best management practices, and current producer education issues and highlights.
The Stockman and Stewardship sessions teach effective stockmanship methods that improve gathering, penning, chute work, and hauling. Emphasis is placed on ways to increase cattle performance by reducing handling stress. Discussions of Beef Industry Stewardship are also included showing how cattlemen can actually shape consumer's perception of beef. Other topics include how the principles presented actually have a significant economic - as well as “quality of life” - benefit when applied in one's operation.
National Cattlemen's Beef Association's has joined with sponsors to promote and provide this important seminar series to the cattle industry across the nation. For information on making this series available to your producers or livestock market contact: Debbie Gill at email@example.com Phone: 817-235-8783 or your state BQA coordinator.