Here is an excerpt from a letter I received from Zimbabwe, Africa.
“…..Cows calving at a good pace, but my ‘friends,’ the leopard and cheetah are still trying and in some cases causing havoc with the new born calves. Still pursuing with your principals of handling cattle with the emphasis on re-establishing the herd instinct as you did with the sheep at Joe & Dalton’s. The leopard and cheetah very much more aggressive. They will pull down an 8-10 month old animal. Having good success with some herds, but it is now dependent on the commitment of the herdsmen with each herd, thus the varied results . . .”
In my opinion, the skill of the herder is important, but not nearly as important as his dedication.