Just because a dog bites the nose and heels of an animal does not make him a cattle dog. He can have balance, speed, eye and concentration, and still not make a good tough farm dog. All of the above are great but if he doesn`t have confidence when working cattle he is not the help he could be. I have said for many years lack of confidence or fear, which usually is the same thing, will overcome all training. I see it all the time in dogs that look real good on broke or gentle cattle but just don`t have what it takes to stay hooked when the stock are rank.- By: L.R. Alexander
11th overall in the Open and 7th overall in the
Open Horseback Lad placed 2nd and 3rd in the
Open Horseback go-rounds: not bad for a 10 year old.
The farm was established in 1938 by my grandfather Earl Brandon. My father Carl operated it for many years as a Grade A Dairy and Angus beef operation. Today I have a commercial Angus herd and feeder steer operation.
I train and sell Border Collies that are bred to work cattle. I typically do not train any dogs outside of my own kennel. I only breed proven males and females on occasion based purely on their working abilities. Both parents have to be proven dogs that can work fresh cattle efficiently.
These are the 5 traits that I look for when breeding:
I started trialing cattledogs in 2002 and have been fortunate enough to compete at the National Cattledog Finals every year since 2006.
I am a member of the National Cattledog Association a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating ranchers and cattlemen about the benefits of using well trained cattledogs to handle cattle efficiently in a humane and low stress manner.
This coming year in 2016 the NCA National Cattledog Finals will be held in Meeker, Colorado
Cattleman's best friend
by: Chris Villines
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