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Improve Your Stockmanship by Understanding the Flight Zone

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We’ve all seen those diagrams of the flight zone. But sometimes seeing a group of animals demo
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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. Ryan Sexson says:

    Folks need to rethink their terminology and re-evaluate their thought process! Flight zone would imply a fearful response. When using the terminology “low stress” fear should note be a tactic to aquire a result. People need to acknowledge what a predator/prey relationship is, how it works and do everything they can to not emulate it!

  2. Oogie says:

    And then there are those sheep who are habituated to the humans who care for them and whose flight zone is pretty much non-existant. This is me checking udders on ewes who are due to lamb out in the field several years ago.



    I was proving that I could walk up to sheep in pasture because people doubted it. And no, these were never bottle lambs or show sheep.

  3. Curt Gesch says:

    As a master of the typo, the malaproprism, and the convulted syntax, I’d like to congratulate you on this: “It’s kind of like when you see an erratic driveway on the highway in front of you.” As an aside, when I see an erratic driveway, I check to see if I have been drinking anything stronger than Coca Cola.


  4. Bill Fosher says:

    Sheep are also very keyed into where you are looking. If you look at the ground directly in front of them, they will make a wider circle around you without any additional movement on your part. If you avert your gaze, the flight zone shrinks. If you look behind them, they will move ahead faster.

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