Episode-910- Mike Canaday on Grazing Goats, Electric Fencing and Working Dogs
Summary: Properly Managed Goats Improve Soil Mike Canaday has 30 years experience in ranching and training Border Collies and Guardian Dogs to work with and protect livestock. Goat grazing is a cost effective, ecologically sound way to clear land and promote growth of native grasses and beneficial plants, particularly for large acreages and difficult terrain. It has been proven to efficiently handle areas that are inaccessible or difficult to manage with mowers, areas where burns are inadvisable, and sensitive areas where the application of herbicides is not appropriate. The crazy thing is even if you don’t own a lot of land you could still own a lot of goats. With advances in portable electric fences, the goats ability to forage land unsuitable for cattle, the cost effectiveness over mowing or herbicides and their ability to improve soil, many people actually pay to have goats graze their lands. Mike Joins Us Today To Discuss… Getting started with sheep and goats Why sheep and goats, why not cattle How to properly use electric fencing for predator protection and paddock shifting What to look for in an electric fence How much power a fence needs to be effective and what can cause power loss Using dogs for both working and protecting your live stock How you get other people to pay you to put your goats on their land Finding properties that will be usable for your herds Why some people say “electric fencing doesn’t work” and why they are wrong Scaling goat grazing up and down based on property size and needs Keeping dogs fierce enough to protect a herd by still sociable when not “on duty” Channeling instinct in a dog vs. relying on their “intelligence” Dogs for homestead security Resources for Today’s Show Members Support Brigade TSP Copper Join Our Forum Sawtooth Tactical – (sponsor of the day) Knife Kits – (sponsor of the day) California Grazing – Mike’s Website CowDog.org Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.