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Bonding LGDs to Cattle - #4

Which Dog? And How Many? One of the hazards of referring to livestock guardian dogs (LGDs) as predator protection “tools” is that we seem to think of them like other tools. While one claw hammer might be reasonably interchangeable with any...

Posted on Friday, October 22, 2021 at 2:57 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources

Bonding LGDs to Cattle - #3

Bonding works both ways...   Bonding a livestock guardian dog (LGD) to livestock is a critical first step in using dogs to protect livestock from predators. Practically, the bonding process helps ensure that the dog will stay with livestock;...

Posted on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 2:44 PM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources

Explaining LGDs to the Neighbors

I suspect anyone who has used livestock guardian dogs (LGDs) to protect livestock has experienced at least one of the following interactions with non-ranchers: A call or conversation with a neighbor, complaining about the dog barking; An email...

Posted on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at 8:52 AM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources

Bonding LGDs to Cattle - #2

Our ongoing journal about our efforts to bond a livestock guardian dog pup with cattle. Funded by the Rustici Rangeland and Cattle Endowment. After spending about a week with a handful of rams in Auburn, we scheduled an afternoon to set up a bonding...

Posted on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at 11:00 AM
  • Author: Dan Macon
  • Author: Laura Snell
  • Author: Rachael Stucke
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources

Bonding LGDs to Cattle - #1

Livestock producers from Southern Europe to Central Asia have long used livestock guardian dogs (LGDs) to protect livestock - including cattle - from predators like wolves and European brown bears (the continental version of our grizzly). Here in the...

Posted on Monday, August 2, 2021 at 10:41 AM
  • Author: Dan Macon
  • Author: Carolyn Whitesell
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture, Environment, Natural Resources, Pest Management

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