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Protects Lambs from Coyotes
Sheep ranchers may have a new way to save lambs from coyotes, dogs and other predators, according to a recent study performed by researchers at. New Mexico State University's Jornada Experiment Range Station.
Called "bonding," the system involves mixing 45-day old lambs in the the same pen with yearling heifers and keeping the two groups together for a 30-day period. Normally, sheep and cattle stay with their own kind when out on the range or pasture. After "bonding," however, the lambs stay close to the cattle. When a coyote approaches, the heifers adopt a threatening attitude to drive the predator away, the researchers report. (Feedstuffs).


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