Robert told me ranchers and farmers use Donkey's instead of dogs for Guard Donkey's. Who Knew? Not me!
I found this on a blog, Howling For Justice don't miss all the info he has on donkey's. This blog has so much info I will be reading for awhile.
Guard Donkeys Help Ranchers Protect Herds
Aug 7, 2007 9:59 am US/Central Associated Press
The donkey stays close to Paco to keep the flies off both of them, you can see in the series they were rubbing against each other, and removing the flies. 2 tails are always better than one for swishing of pesty flies.
Jennies rather than the Jacks of the species are superior pasture guards because of maternal, protective characteristics, Gersbach said. Donkeys, or burros, gravitate toward bonding with whatever livestock happens to share their pasture, whether it is horses, cattle, sheep, or goats
However, too many donkeys in one meadow will encourage herd behavior and yield less effective protection. The most effective pasture guardians arrive at a young age and grow up among their animal neighbors. Donkeys have the advantage over working dogs in pasture settings because they eat the same food as other livestock, Gersbach said.
More and more ranchers and farmers are using Donkey's with their live stock. they call them Donkey Defenders. I want one!
Cookie will be getting a donkey defender as soon as it can leave it's mother. Skeeter will be coming to live with the family in a few weeks.