Pro-active livestock management--Capitalizing on animal behavior

TitlePro-active livestock management--Capitalizing on animal behavior
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsAnderson D.M.
JournalJournal of Arid Land Studies
Date Published1998
ARIS Log Number076616
Keywordsbehavior, canine predation, herds, livestock
AbstractThis paper describes a technique for modifying sheep and or goat behavior to reduce canine predation, management time and fencing requirements under mixed-species stocking. Procedures to modify behavior of individual animals are outlined. The concept involves bonding small ruminants to cattle to produce a cohesive group termed a flerd. A flerd acts as a single interdependent cohesive livestock unit under free-ranging conditions rather than as distinct flocks and herds coexisting in the same area.