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The Latest In Low Cost Herding Technology

Champis the Rabbit Herds SheepGreta Vigren, a Swedish farmer noticed that her 5-year-old pet rabbit, Champis, had a new talent when she let her sheep out to graze for their first time in pasture after a long winter. In her interview with the Huffington Post, Greta says, “He just started to behave like a sheepdog.”

Her friend, Dan Westman, who breeds and trains sheepdogs, shot this video of the rabbit doing his job. He was amazed at what he saw saying “It’s really incredible. I mean I work with sheepdogs and know how hard this is. There are very few dogs that could do what this rabbit does.”

Unfortunately, for those interested in their own herding rabbit, Vigren has no pointers on how to get started training a bunny to become a sheepdog. He picked up the tricks of the trade on his own, perhaps by watching the dogs.

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Kathy Voth
Kathy Voth
I am the founder, editor and publisher of On Pasture, now retired. My career spanned 40 years of finding creative solutions to problems, and sharing ideas with people that encouraged them to work together and try new things. From figuring out how to teach livestock to eat weeds, to teaching range management to high schoolers, outdoor ed graduation camping trips with fifty 6th graders at a time, building firebreaks with a 130-goat herd, developing the signs and interpretation for the Storm King Fourteen Memorial trail, receiving the Conservation Service Award for my work building the 150-mile mountain bike trail from Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah...well, the list is long so I'll stop with, I've had a great time and I'm very grateful.


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