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Redding Rodeo

LIVESTOCK WELFARE BY BILL ADAMS – ANIMAL WELFARE CHAIRMAN

The Redding Rodeo Association takes pride in having only the best livestock performing at our Rodeo. The best care for the stock used at our rodeo comes first. Working with the stock contractor, the PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association), local veterinarians and rodeo judges all strive to assure that all livestock is in perfect condition to perform at the Redding Rodeo.
A veterinarian is present and on site for every performance, section of slack, or competition held before or after a scheduled performance in which rodeo athletes, who did not draw a position in the scheduled performance compete. Stock contractors hold a special place in there heart for there animals.

Anyone who attends a PRCA rodeo can be assured that the greatest care has been taken to prevent injury to animals. The association rules include 60 that deal with the care and handling of livestock.

Professional rodeo judges, who are responsible for the enforcement of all PRCA rules support, Humane Treatment of Rodeo Animals rules and do not hesitate to report violations to the PRCA.

At the Redding Rodeo you always are assured that only the best care and treatment of livestock is taken.

FOAL CARE BY BILL ADAMS – ANIMAL WELFARE CHAIRMAN

Do we wean at 3 months, or at 6, some wait until 8 months others even 11. Weaning of foals, an event that can be one of the most traumatic in the life of a young horse. The methods for weaning are as varied as the horse being weaned, there is no perfect way to follow, no right way. But there are certain beliefs that if followed, regardless of the age of the foal being weaned or the method employed will contribute to an experience that is as stress-free for the mare and foal as possible. The wild horse lives in small bands and not in fenced pastures or corrals. Time, money and circumstances usually dictate that the foal be managed in a more domestically traditional way and that it be weaned at a younger age than its wild brethren. Today 6 months of age is considered a fine time to wean. The first consideration is the area where the birth took place and how much area does the mare have to raise the foal. Tennessee extension horse specialist, Frederick Harper, Phd. “Between 60 and 90 days, depending on the mare, milk production is not going to meet the growth needs of the foal. If this foal is to continue to grow at optimum levels we want to start creep feeding that foal before we reach that time. If we get the foal eating well with a balanced, properly managed creep ration before we get to this milk- production drop-off point, then we’re going to bridge that gap as well as the gap when we wean the foal.”

Make weaning as stress free as we can for the foal. Any time a foal is stressed, it increases disease possibilities. Try to get the foal eating before you wean it. That will usually gap the stress area between being on the mother, being weaned and being on its own. Dr. Harper recommend that whenever you’re going to wean, regardless of age of the foal, get them eating well and don’t do anything else. Wean them and delay everything else, or deworm them a few weeks before, but do one thing at a time.

When it is time for the foal to make the break from mom, if possible have another equine companion to be with. The buddy system works. This will make the separation less traumatic. Whether one weans a foal at 6 months, 8 or 11, remember the animal’s social as well as physical needs can help prevent the trauma so often associated with weaning season. Try to make it as natural as possible. For most cases when working with animals, the closer you can get it to what’s natural the better.

ANIMAL WELFARE BY BILL ADAMS – ANIMAL WELFARE CHAIRMAN

Consistent proper treatment of rodeo livestock in and out of the arena is the stock contractor’s highest concern. PRCA and the Redding Rodeo Association members believe animals should be provided proper care and treatment. The PRCA and its members value their animals and staunchly protect them with specifically created rules. Like a well conditioned athlete, an animal can perform will only if it is healthy. Anyone who attends a PRCA Rodeo can be assured that the greatest care has been taken to prevent injury to animals of contestants.

Animal welfare is a major and ongoing initiative of the PRCA, not only does the Association have rules to ensure the proper care and treatment of rodeo livestock, but it also has veterinary advisory panels and periodically host educational seminar. The PRCA employs a fulltime animal welfare coordinator to oversee internal and public education programs.

The PRCA has 60 rules that are enforced to serve as proper guidelines for preserving animal welfare in the sport of rodeo.

What do animal welfare advocates believe?

  •  Man has responsibility over animals and that this stewardship should involve humane care and treatment.

What do animal rights advocates believe?

  •  Animals and humans are equal
The Redding Rodeo Association and PRCA members are bound by the not-for- profit corporations bylaws and rules, which include a section that deals exclusively with the humane treatment of animals.

For more information on the care and handling of rodeo livestock e-mail animalwelfare@prorodeo.com or call 719-593-8840.

For more information, please contact the
Redding Rodeo Association
P.O. Box 992048
Redding, CA, 96099-2048 • or call at (530) 241-5731 • Email Us: info@reddingrodeo.com