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He “Trains” Predators And Deer With Baited Fences
Steve Kenyon uses bacon to keep predators away from young calves. He hangs strips of bacon on a “hot” wire around calving pens and young pig yards. He calls the bacon his “guard pig”.
  “Everybody else has guard dogs or guard llamas, but I have my guard pig,” says Kenyon. “If you kill predators attacking your calves or lambs, it just opens up a space and another predator moves in. The electrified bacon trains them to stay away.”
  With raw bacon hanging every 100 yards or so, hungry predators are eager to grab a strip. When they do, they get a powerful shock. Calf yards are near the farmyard with AC outlets for a more powerful fencer. Last year he used 3-strand barbed wire with 2 hot wires and a ground. If the predators tried to go through, they were guaranteed a good shock. Simply sniffing the bacon was just about as effective.
  “Predators sniff the bacon or try to take a bite,” says Kenyon. “Once they do, that’s enough, and the smell keeps them away. By midsummer, most of the bacon is still hanging, but it is pretty well withered away.”
  Meanwhile, calves and cows have been turned out on pasture, and the coyotes and other predators have more options. They are no longer as hungry.
  “If you can train a predator that calves or lambs are not what they want to eat, it is more effective as they keep untrained predators out of the area.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Steve Kenyon, Greener Pastures Ranching Ltd., P.O. Box 188, Busby, Alberta Canada T0G 0H0 (ph 780 307-6500; skenyon@greenerpasturesranching.com;

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2016 - Volume #40, Issue #1