The implementation of sustainable farming methods can increase the productivity of your farm - a fact that can decrease conflict between farmers and predators. If farmers are not loosing livestock to predators, they are less likely to kill predators such as the cheetah. For quite some time, Cheetah Conservation Botswana (CCB) has been training livestock guarding dog (LSGD) puppies at our demonstration farm and placing them with farmers that are experiencing conflict with predators. The farmlands of Ghanzi and Jwaneng are prime cheetah habitats and CCB assists farmers in these particular areas in order to facilitate the survival of the cheetah species. LSGD's, if trained and cared for properly, can eliminate livestock losses due to depredation by barking, chasing and even attacking predators that approach their flock. Starting in November 2015, seven puppies were placed with farmers in Ghanzi and 12 puppies were given out farmers in Jwaneng. These dogs are now being monitored closely by CCB’s community outreach officers and regular veterinary care such as de-worming, sterilization and other vaccinations are also provided. Making sure these dogs are healthy and ready for the task ahead of them will go a long way to ensuring that they are successful at reducing conflict between farmers and carnivores.
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