Livestock Handling

Vern has been a livestock farmer all his life. He has sharpened his skills by gathering livestock for himself and neighbors, sale barns and the local government. His years of experience have made him proficient in understanding and reading livestock movement. In order to move livestock in a quiet, controlled manner, Vern believes that one must comprehend the meaning of balance, consider environmental conditions and develop self-control and patience. For the last 10 years, Vern has taught livestock handling clinics in the United States.

Livestock Handling Clinic Livestock Handling Clinic
Livestock Handling Clinic Livestock Handling Clinic

Vern's goal is to simplify livestock and dog handling. This gives participants a totally different perspective in handling livestock with their dog. Part of the clinic time is spent with only people, no dogs, learning how and why livestock react to the pressure an individual exerts upon them. Then Vern adds dogs back to the equation and clinic participants must learn to move livestock safely and quietly. Vern emphasizes POSITION and CONTROL. He also wants the handlers to learn and understand the few commands needed for basic livestock movement. Once participants have comprehended the basic principles, Vern challenges them to expand the tasks that they and their dogs can accomplish.

These clinics are primarily for people in the livestock industry who use dogs and for city people that enjoy working with their dogs in herding. Clinics usually run for two days. Contact Vern if you have any questions at 641-672-2049 or 641-660-1390.