Rangelands Self Herding

Rangeland Self Herding (RSH)

RSH is the application of the Self Herding principles in pastoral landscapes. It is being extensively trialled and developed in the Western Australian rangelands, but has application across many production systems and environments, from large stations and ranches down to small landholder systems.

Practical tools and tactics are locally adapted to suit the environmental conditions and management goals of each situation. RSH is improving the way livestock use the landscape and interact with humans.

Why is Rangeland Self Herding being used

There are a multitude of reasons that managers are using RSH

These include:

  •  Creating opportunities for more frequent harvesting of livestock between the major musters, to greatly assist in matching feed supply and demand and to better market the cattle during the year.
  • Retaining cattle on a water point that had previously been under-utilised, and therefore reduce grazing pressure in other areas such as along a permanent watercourse.
  • Triggering the movement of cattle from one area, or land system to another, within a large paddock.
  • Aiding the movement of livestock from one water point to another with minimal risk to livestock health by not turning off waters until livestock are reliably using another.
  • Encouraging animals to voluntarily choose to stay on a small area of unburnt country after a large bushfire.
  • Increasing the efficiency of mustering (including retrieving ‘cleanskin’ animals) by changing their behaviour and responses to human interaction.
  • Aiding in paddock rehabilitation by controlled livestock impact with short-duration, high-intensity grazing.
  • Increasing the adaptability of livestock that are relocated from the rangelands to agricultural properties or to feedlots.

Example 1: Reliable relocation

Example 2: Rebuilding after the fire

Example 3: Aiding animal adaptation

Example 4: Gathering livestock