AP, BDN preview Cattlemen’s College offered by UMaine Extension

The Associated Press and Bangor Daily News advanced the second annual Cattlemen’s College, a collaboration between the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Beef Producers Association. Low-stress stockmanship will be a hot topic at the event slated for Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, in Charleston and Orono, according to the articles. “We can move cattle just with the way we position ourselves around that animal, in how we approach their personal space,” said Colt Knight, state livestock specialist with UMaine Extension. In its first year, the Cattlemen’s College drew about 45 beef producers from throughout the state interested in keeping beef animals to share knowledge, innovations and ideas, according to the BDN. “It was very well received and well attended last year, so we’re expanding the event this year to include a live demonstration,” Knight said. The live demonstration on low-stress stockmanship will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 30, at Maple Lane Farms in Charleston. It will be led by this year’s keynote speaker, Dean Fish, a certified trainer for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. “What I hope people will gather from the demonstration is how to move cattle around using the instincts of the cattle and not forcing them where you want them to by swinging sticks at them or yelling at them,” Knight said. Maine Public and U.S. News & World Report carried the AP article.