Flocks and herds or flerds--the choice is yours

TitleFlocks and herds or flerds--the choice is yours
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsAnderson D.M.
JournalGrassroots, Newsletter of the Grassland Society of Southern Africa
Date PublishedJune 2004
ARIS Log Number159726
Keywordsbonding, cattle, creating and maintaining, flerds, flocks, herds, ruminants
AbstractA novel approach for managing mixed species stocking groups involves bonding small ruminants (sheep and goats) to cattle; so, when the animal species are put into a pasture, they remain in close proximity to each other, forming what has been termed a flerd. This close association offers several management benefits, including: protection of the smaller ruminants from canine predation, ease in locating animals at pasture, reducing the need for fencing and utilizing the landscape more uniformly than do flocks and herds. The major emphasis of the manuscript is presenting a 'how to' approach to creating and maintaining flerds.