HMI’s 2016 Gathering in Paicines, California will include a presentation by Tina Williams and Richard McConnell on low-stress livestock handling or “Proper Stockmanship.” Tina is the daughter of famed low-stress livestock handler, Bud Williams. Tina and Richard have presented these clinics from Saskatchewan to Florida and from California to Virginia since 2005. This kind of livestock handling not only addresses the emotional needs of the animal but leads to better production and improved quality of life for all on the farm or ranch.
Good stockmanship is not about having “tame” animals you can pet or trick into the corral with grain, going slow as you work livestock, or just not yelling. It means having the tools to keep your livestock in the proper mental state as they go through the entire production process including moving to pasture, gathering, sorting, weaning, backgrounding, feedlot management, and loading with the results of lowered stress and better quality of life for you and your livestock. Learning Proper Stockmanship is an almost no-cost investment to receive life-long gains. In this session we will cover some of the benefits of Proper Stockmanship and basic tools to get you started! Come to the 2016 HMI Gathering to learn about these techniques.
Cultivating Community: Land, Food, Health will offer thought-provoking presentations and breakout sessions on various consumer and producer interests. Local food security, land health, strengthening our communities and nourishing our bodies all included! We have something for everyone, so come learn from the experts!
Many of our acclaimed speakers are celebrated throughout the world. Our special keynote speaker, “America’s Most Famous Farmer” himself, Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms, will be sure to inspire us all.
We’ll also enjoy beautiful landscapes, farm-fresh food and be on the land with the animals. This is no ordinary conference.
Won’t you join us?