Self Herding

Animals can learn to make choices that suit you

Self Herding and Self Shepherding is a discipline that creates opportunities for you to positively influence the decision animals make on where they go, and how they interact with each other, with you and with the landscape. The application of Self Herding principles guides the choice animals make about their grazing habitats and diet selection. By allowing animals to make choices whilst also influencing their ‘decision making’ by shaping their experiences means you can establish long-lasting behaviours that suit your business and your landscapes.

The principles of Self Herding draw on animal behaviour, nutrition, physiology and ecology. We’ve based Self Herding practices on decades of research around the world, including Australia, and have developed a set of practices that are, in themselves, simple and cheap to apply. Self Herding can be tightly focussed around a particular issue such as encouraging animals to use a new area, or broadened to encompass the way livestock, wildlife, plants and people interact over time and space. It’s no exaggeration to think that you can shape the future because when behaviours change, everything changes.

Rangelands Self Herding

A project to develop self herding practices in the Western Australian rangelands is supported by Rangelands NRM with funding from the Australian Government

Rangelands Self Herding Project Final Report is here:

Take a look at 2 years work. It covers the background of self herding and the principles involved. The report summarises a number of trials and research activities which took place at multiple locations in the Western Australian rangelands. The projects team worked with multiple pastoralists and scientists.





A smarter approach to managing livestock and landscapes 2018