Low stress stockhandling school in Glen Innes

12th Oct 2015

After a successful school in the area two years ago, Chook Kealey from Low Stress Stockhandling Pty Ltd is returning to Glen Innes to run another school in October. The school will be run in partnership with GLENRAC on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th.

Low Stress Stockhandling schools are in high demand, and travel Australia wide to deliver schools. The schools are two day hands-on workshop designed to meet the needs to handle stock in a calm and confident manner in all situations, with all herding animals. The production and financial benefits for livestock systems can be very substantial. 

Chook ran a school with GLENRAC in 2013, and the participants gained very useful insights from working with him over the two days. The 2013 course was hosted by Ian Vivers from Eaglehawk Angus, who so impressed with what he and his family learnt that this time he is sending employee Matthew Heidrich to the school. “The school was a really good investment for my family and myself. Prior to doing the course we believed that we handled our cattle in a low stress way.  We may have, to a degree, but on completing the course we have gained so much more,” he said. “The skills we have learned have saved us time and money with much less wear and tear on our yards and fences as well as our equipment. Not to mention our relationships and the overall wellbeing of our cattle.” 

“I’d recommend the school to anyone who handles livestock - it will pay for itself.  'Advanced' livestock handling may be a better description of the course,” Mr Vivers said.

The upcoming school will be held at Phil and Bettina Lynn’s property “Cherry Tree ” from 8:00am to 5:00pm on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th of October. Low Stress Stockhandling schools cater for all ages and all levels of experience. Time will be allocated to deal with specific issues and areas of interest relevant to the participants and their industries.

The school will run from 8:00am to 5:00pm both days, with the first morning inside discussing the theories behind livestock handling, with the balance of the school outside working on practical techniques. Participants will be required to bring their own morning teas, lunch, and a chair.

Places are already filling quickly, so it’s recommended that people register as soon as possible. To book and pay, visit http://tks.im/low-ss. If you’d like more information, please phone GLENRAC on 6732 3443 or email office@glenrac.org.au. This project is run by GLENRAC with the support of the 25th Year Anniversary Landcare Grants through the National Landcare Programme.

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