DIY Flerds – Grazing Sheep and Cattle Together for Pasture Management and Predator Protection

From our June 23, 2014 Issue, the answer to a question we've been getting a lot lately. We've added the comments that readers posted then. Please add your own experience and thoughts! Flerd:  

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2 thoughts on “DIY Flerds – Grazing Sheep and Cattle Together for Pasture Management and Predator Protection

  1. Kathy: in your mom nd are the sheep bonding to the cattle or cows bonding to sheep? Here in VA we are running about 30 head of cattle with 250 hair sheep and 2 guard dogs. They all seem to have their own lives but with daily moves it doesn’t seem to be an issue

  2. After talking about it for 3 years we recently joined 7000# of hair sheep and 6000# of cattle (small numbers, I know) into a flerd and we are grazing around 75,000#/acre with 2 moves per day. Best thing we ever did. Summer management of one group is much simpler and easier in the 100 degree heat– one water trough, one mineral pan, one fence set up and all of this with a stock density that *should* improve pastures. We have been MIG’ing for 6+ years so we have an idea of what our grass and animals need. This “next step” has brought some excitement back to the daily routine.

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