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Project Report | Aug 24, 2023
Lambing Season and Responsible Farming

By Calum O'Flaherty | Cheetah Conservation Fund Staff

Goats at CCF
Goats at CCF

As we welcome the early signs of spring, we are also celebrating the arrival of lambing season at our Model Farm! We are thrilled to announce that we’ve been blessed with 20 adorable new additions so far: five handsome males and 15 lovely females. Each lamb, a symbol of new life and growth, adds to the vibrancy of our farm. Particularly eye-catching among the flock is a charming little ewe adorned with a cute heart on her side.

Beyond their undeniable cuteness, these lambs hold a special significance. They are integral to our ongoing efforts to mitigate human-wildlife conflict here in Namibia. 

Livestock Management: A Vital Component in Wildlife Conservation

Namibia is a nation teeming with diverse wildlife, including notable predators such as cheetahs, jackals, and hyenas. As human activities expand and our farms encroach on these creatures’ habitats, conflict can inevitably arise when predators view our livestock as a potential food source. To counter this, we employ robust livestock management techniques.

Through strategies such as implementing Livestock Guarding Dogs (LGDs), creating predator-proof enclosures, conducting daily health checks, and managing breeding seasons, we can effectively protect our valuable livestock while minimizing conflict with local wildlife.

Our LGDs, revered for their natural instincts and unwavering loyalty, stand as the brave protectors of our herds. Their fearless disposition alone serves as a powerful deterrent to potential predators. 

Balancing Grazing Practices for Sustainable Coexistence

We have also established carefully planned grazing practices and rotational systems. This thoughtful management allows our livestock to coexist harmoniously with the surrounding ecosystems. By regulating grazing patterns, we encourage healthy vegetation regrowth, ensuring the preservation of the land’s integrity. In doing so, we are creating a sustainable environment that benefits both livestock and wildlife.

Our approach to livestock management isn’t solely focused on the protection of our animals. It’s about maintaining the delicate balance of our shared environment. We are dedicated to working alongside the local community and using sound agricultural practices to uncover innovative solutions that benefit both humans and wildlife. 

A Commitment to Conservation and Sustainable Coexistence

Here at our Model Farm, our commitment to responsible farming practices is rooted in our priority for conservation and sustainable coexistence. We take pride in our proactive steps to mitigate human-wildlife conflict. The lambing season isn’t just about the birth of new lambs; it’s a celebration of our ongoing efforts to balance and protect the unique wildlife heritage of Namibia.

Join us in welcoming our newest lambs to the world and appreciating the critical role livestock management plays in wildlife conservation. This lambing season, we’re not just raising lambs; we’re nurturing a healthier, more sustainable ecosystem for all.

Livestock Guarding Dog (LGD) with goats
Livestock Guarding Dog (LGD) with goats
Momma Goat with baby
Momma Goat with baby

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Cheetah Conservation Fund

Location: Alexandria, VA - USA
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Project Leader:
Beth Fellenstein
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Alexandria , VA United States

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