I still think it's great that more people are doing cattle work. But, I don't want anyone to think that the pace and handling techniques in a sorting or penning competition are what happens on a ranch.
At my place, we have a pact where those of us who own it and/or run cattle on it, agree that it's a good day and a sign of a job well done, if we can hear birds or leaves rustling during corral work. Extremely little, to no, dust or moo-ing at the corrals.
Sure, there are times when we have to get after a recalcitrant cow or bull, but those times are very rare. All of my friends, and most of my acquaintances, work theirs in the same way.
I want to stress that I think the popularity of penning and sorting competitions is a good thing. Just, if you get to a ranch, hang behind the owner or foreman and don't run pounds off his beef.