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Thanks to a grant award from the High Plains Intermountain Center for Agriculture Health and Safety (HICAHS), the Colorado Livestock Association (CLA) provided two live cattle handling demonstration seminars in April and June 2023 focusing on stockmanship, animal handling, and transportation safety. Following the live events, CLA produced training videos capturing the key messages to aid in stockmanship and transportation training for CLA members. The videos are now available in English and Spanish on CLA’s website!

The training videos feature industry experts Dr. Dean Fish, Stockmanship Clinician, Ranch Manager, Santa Fe Ranch, and Libby Bigler, Colorado Beef Quality Assurance Coordinator, who provided low-stress cattle handling and loading demonstrations, scoring systems for body condition and mobility, fitness for transport assessments, and many other resources.

During the live events, producers received hands-on training in best management practices to improve operations, promote safety for workers as well as animal welfare, and received firsthand principles of Beef Quality Assurance.

A Handling and Transportation Safety Guidelines reference document will be available in English and Spanish very soon! Stay tuned!

View the English training video here.

View the Spanish training video here.

For more information and BQA certifications, visit

Thank you to our generous host operations, Five Rivers Cattle Feeding, Kuner Feedyard, Kersey and Feldpausch Holsteins, LLC, Fort Morgan. Thank you to Versatility Creative Group for providing their video production services.

This effort was made possible through funding from the HICAHS Community Initiated Small Grants Program. Established in 1991, HICAHS conducts research, education, and prevention/intervention programs to improve the health and safety of those working in agriculture, forestry, and fishing in the High Plains and Intermountain Region, including Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.

This training is supported by the High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety, CDC/NIOSH Grant No. U54OH008085. Its content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of CDC/NIOSH.

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