Predator Control

 

 

 

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Our 2 Llamas for additional predator control.  Llamas are intelligent, curious, and have very good eye sight

 

We separate the llamas during lambing season.   As you can see below, they won’t mind their own business.  When the sheep are sorted after weaning, we also separate the llamas so they each have their own flock.  It has been suggested that they are more protective this way as opposed to being together.  We only have female Llamas.

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Our property consists mostly of bush and grass which was subdivided off a quarter section of grain land.  Since there was no infrastructure in place when we purchased the property and the existing infrastructure was too broken down; we started with new fencing.  Starting with only 6 sheep allowed us to start with a little bit of fencing at a time.   This also gave us the opportunity to see what worked and what didn’t work on a trial and error basis allowing us to tweak our fencing requirements to our needs.  Over the years, we increased our perimeter fencing and cross-fencing to incorporate more grass for the sheep.  The perimeter fencing costs a lot up front but has proven to be very effective.  A single strand of barbed wire running along the bottom of the fence on the exterior side has kept the coyotes from trying to dig underneath.  This gives us peace of mind when the sheep are grazing further away from the yard and are out of site.  I have also read coyotes will not enter unless there is an easy way of escape.  Beware of snow drifts that can build up along the fence line.   This usually happens in late winter when the snow pack gets hard making it easy for the coyotes to cross over.  We learned the hard way as this happened to us when we first had sheep and we ended up loosing one of our sheep.  Over the winter, we keep the sheep in a smaller paddock close to the yard making it more manageable to address the snow build up.  Our dog in the yard also acts as a warning.

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Typical perimeter fence: 32″ page wire with 3 strands of barbed wire along top and 1 strand barbed wire on exterior side approx. 2″ above ground (see below)

 

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Prince our guard dog (off duty)