Monday, December 12, 2016

A Word of Caution on Livestock Guard Dogs

This is worth reading as a word of caution about Livestock guard dogs. While I have known many a wonderful Anatolian, the bite rate is notably higher when compared to Great Pyrenees. This is due, in part, we assume to the fact Pyrs guard by bark and presence more than by attack (again, this is generally).
In areas with Wolves, Bear and Mountain Lions, Pyrs are not usually aggressive enough to defend livestock, and frankly, Anatolians aren't sizable and aggressive enough, either.
That all said, be careful when working with protection dogs. They take their jobs seriously. Children should never be the ones handling livestock these dogs take to be "theirs" to protect, and be wary if a dog begins to treat the animals too much like their own.
At the end of the day, you can never be too trusting with guard animals, bulls, horses and so forth. They are animals, and instincts are beyond the scope of what man can train out completely.

Below are the details of what happened to us yesterday here at Alderman Farms. The accompanying photos were taken...
Posted by Tommy Alderman on Saturday, December 10, 2016



Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds. For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation? The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered. The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field. And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens

- Proverbs 27:23-27

"I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares."

- George Washington