MARTINEZ, Texas -

Ranchers from around the region descended on the Bexar County Junior Livestock Association Grounds on Friday to learn about new laws regarding their trade, new techniques in handling livestock and the latest methods in brush management.
"Be able to use less product. More accurate with it. Be more efficient. So in the long run, actually it's better for the environment," said Bryan Davis, Wilson County Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent. "They're better stewards and it's better on their pocketbook."
Since consumers are becoming more conscientious of how cattle are raised, such as the overuse of cattle prods, ranchers are having to learn a new way of handling livestock.
"We need to be very humane in our handling of these animals. So we talked today in the program about low-stress handling. Trying to minimize the stress on both the handlers and the livestock," said Rick Machen, an AgriLife Extension livestock specialist.
Machen lectured the ranchers on how to get cattle to move with the least amount of effort.
By learning how to get livestock to what they want with as little force as possible can really increase a rancher's bottom line.
"If (cattle) experience less stress, they're going to be more productive," Machen said. "They're going to grow faster. So its a win-win for us and for them."

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