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

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From our June 23, 2014 Issue, the answer to a question we’ve been getting a lot lately. WeR
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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. Mike Sands says:

    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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