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Want Things to Stay As They Are? Things Will Have to Change.

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We know change is hard. But you’re already doing it all the time. So here are some thoughts to help you embrace change.

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In my short career in livestock management (exactly two years on September 15), I am reminded almost
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About the author

Doug McCarty runs a grazing operation on 335 acres of land in Eugene, Oregon which in two years has expanded to include cattle, Caribbean style (hair) sheep, meat chickens and pigs, all raised while keeping the ideas of permaculture and holistic management in mind. He aims to have Spencer Shadow Ranch provide more and more food to his neighbors. Doug graduated from the University of Virginia (English and Romance Languages), Harvard University where he studied Korean History, and Harvard Law School. He served in Korea with the Peace Corps, was a Fulbright Scholar, and is the author of Sustainable Enlightenment. He has a certificate in Permaculture Design.


  1. Doug says:


    Thank you. I have a lot to learn and am starting from a data set of close to zero, so everything I learn adds to the hard drive.


  2. Gene Schriefer says:

    There are different herding styles and host of different breeds. Some dogs have a high drive and are more intense, other more laid back. Finding the right match can take time. I started with a herding dog but once the flock grew to over 200 ewes, the carrot no longer worked as well. I needed the stick in the back. This became more obvious as we began moving the flock to the next best paddock rather than the next one in line. You find lot’s of other uses for a good herding dog once you find a good one. Best employee you’ll ever own.

    Guard dogs have different working styles some stick with the flock like glue and are easily fenced. Other are like fencing water, but it is there working style rather than staying and waiting for a threat to appear, they are actively patrolling a border, marking territory and keeping potential threats from coming in too close in the first point. A patrol style LGD needs to understand/know their property and not harass the neighbors.

    It would be horrendously expensive to fence a LGD that wanted out. The glue type dog will stick with the flock with 2 wire poly electric and electrified netting will not contain the patrol style that wants out.

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