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Things My Cat Has Trained Me To Do (and what your livestock teach you to do)

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With Rachel in New York and me in Arizona, we spend a lot of time on the phone working together. The
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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.


  1. Frank Egan says:

    G’day, I am a “fan” of generation to generation transfer of the flock’s knowledge to the newest members and so I only take replacement ewe lambs out of it while the rams are in in their first year.They are taught where the best grass is in a given paddock ,where the water is and where to find shelter in hot or bad weather.

    Like in human baby’s much is taught in the first year of life and so you avoid the “starting from scratch”by the youngest members of the the future flock.Maidens are also left with their mothers in the next lambing period so the “sudden” arrival of the new little bundles is not a surprise when they under go it themselves.

  2. Patrick Tobola says:

    I have learned that livestock should NEVER come running excitedly to you, or a vehicle, or to your call especially when making a paddock change. If they do, they can be easily trained to calmly move to the gate when you are ready to move them. It took me about 30 minutes to train my animals. You can learn more at Stockmanship.com. Go to the archives and read the post titled “Cattle rush the gate” posted December 13, 2005. There are so many benefits to learning how to properly drive livestock. It just takes commitment to learn some of the things that Bud Williams learned over his lifetime.

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