Ron Gill, PhD, Texas A&M University, offers these 10 principles of cattle handling:

  1. The only way to work cattle quickly is slowly.
  2. Work from front to draw cattle to you.
  3. Apply pressure when cattle have a place to go.
  4. Pressure from the side.
  5. Cattle have to be comfortable going by you and staying straight.
  6. Use pressure from behind only when absolutely necessary.
  7. When working cattle, move in triangles.
  8. Going with the flow of cattle slows or stops movement.
  9. Going against the flow initiates or accelerates movement.
  10. Cattle work best when they are ready; your job is to get them ready.

For more cattle handing pointers, visit http://beef.tamu.edu or www.effectivestockmanship.com