Rancher teaching ranchers about non-lethal methods

 · Shared by : Louise LIEBENBERG
 · Last update : 15 June 2020
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Louise Liebenberg
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1 August 2008
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BACKGROUND

I am a rancher who runs a sheep and cattle operation in Northern Canada. We have never used any form of lethal control to mitigate problems and have been successful at this. We have found the added advantage of using non lethal methods to control conflicts with predators, has added livestock management benefits, such as quicker to see and care for weak and sick animals.

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I speak at numerous events regarding ranching with predators. I share my experiences and some of the tools I use on my ranch to help reduce the chance of conflict. I am practical and understand many of the issues and fears ranchers face, including a fear that if they do not kill the predators, issues will escalate.

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Ranchers like to hear directly from ranchers what works and what does not. They generally do not trust what researchers say. Hearing directly from people who implement these methods, is often more easily accepted. Methods involve using multiple prevention strategies, such as Livestock guardian dogs, electric netting for temporary corrals and night penning, radios, shepherding, changing birthing times, carcass removal, radios and lights are just some of the multi-pronged strategies I share.

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Willingness for participants to be open to new or a different way of managing livestock.
Time, implementing some of these strategies does require an additional time investment.

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Advantages

  • - Education which results in more possibilities on how to use preventative methods to reduce conflict and losses to livestock. More options for the rancher.
  • - Better livestock husbandry as a result of implementing more strategies to reduce conflict.

Disadvantages

  • - Time constraints to combine next to full time ranching.
  • - Finances: investments in additional fencing, guardian dogs can be difficult for some ranchers.
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