This Predator Awareness Training Can Help Protect Cattle

Though OR-7 (top) didn't stay, his offspring have returned, and in 2015, the first breeding pair of wolves in the state had five puppies.

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  1. What a great article and video Mark. You have demonstrated how easy it is to change the behaviour of a group of animals. I must come clean, though, I feel a bit vindicated after watching your video. I wrote an article earlier this year “Happiness Is Being In the Herd” and I took a fair bit of heat because of the method I described to create a herd. Several people were very concerned that by training animals to stay in a herd it created wild animals. As your video clearly shows, the opposite is true. Your reason for training cattle to ‘herd’ is different than why I started training animals to herd. For me, it was for ease of movement. There just happened to be other benefits that occurred. After listening to your experience, I realize one of the benefits was predator protection. The spring of 2017 we lost eight calves to predators. In 2018, after training the put together cows to herd, we lost zero calves. I attributed that to the two gaurdian dogs. However, maybe the dogs weren’t as amazing as I thought. Maybe the cows learned how to protect themselves. Thank you for sharing your creative approach!

    1. Thank You for comments Tom.

      Before I found this solution I would lose four a year. That has been eight years and I had my first depredation this year. I am pretty sure it was my neglect that set the table for the loss. I was busy applying these methods for others and neglected my own duties. But it is just a reminder of the constant pressure that the predators present. We must be as diligent in our efforts of deterring predators.

      Best

      Mark Coats

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