|Title||Bonding to facilitate multispecies grazing|
|Publication Type||Conference Proceedings|
|Year of Publication||1988|
|Authors||Hulet, Clarence V., Anderson D.M., Shupe, W. Larry, Smith J.N.|
|Conference Name||29th Annual Western Dakota Sheep Day, Hettinger Research and Extension Center, North Dakota State University, Agricultural Experiment Station|
Cattle, sheep and goat diets have been shown to be complementary for efficient range forage utilization. Multispecies grazing has therefore been recommended, but has generally remained unimplemented because of unacceptably high predation losses of sheep and goats. An account of the social attachment of a ram to horses the temporary attachment of individual wether sheep to steers and of guard dogs to sheep suggested that social bonding of sheep and goats to cattle might be possible. Cattle protect their calves from predators. If bonding would occur then the close association of sheep and goats to cattle might provide protection from predation by coyotes and dogs.