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Livestock guardian dog technology webinar set Sept. 23

Livestock guardian dog technology webinar set Sept. 23

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The use of GPS and related technology will be highlighted during the livestock guardian dog webinar on Sept. 23.

Livestock guardian dogs (LGD) and the technology that helps track them will be the focus of a Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in San Angelo online program at 3 p.m. Sept. 23.

The webinar “Technology to Aid in LGD Management” is free and will be held on the Zoom meeting platform. Participants should register at https://tx.ag/LGDTech.

The webinar is part of an ongoing series focused on LGDs that features Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and industry experts covering a wide range of relevant topics.

The webinar will focus on the use of GPS trackers and their pros and cons. Radio-frequency identification (RFID) and projects researchers at the center are utilizing will also be covered, as well as the latest technology to help producers who utilize LGDs to protect their flocks and herds.

AgriLife Research LGD research specialist Bill Costanzo, San Angelo, will be the speaker. Costanzo coordinates producer education and outreach for the LGD program. He also assists in LGD research; his current research surrounds bonding practices to improve LGD efficacy. A producer himself, Costanzo successfully used LGDs with his own flock for eight years before joining AgriLife Research.

“Using GPS trackers on LGDs is a great tool to collect data on what your dog and livestock are doing on a regular basis,” Costanzo said. “The technology is constantly changing in this field and it’s an area that producers should look into to be successful in using LGDs on their ranches.”

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