Ask the Shepherd~Livestock Guardian Animals Part III~ Guard Llamas
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Guard Llamas This post ends a series on livestock guardian animals. We have interviewed shepherds who use miniature donkeys and shepherds who use livestock guardian dogs, and today, I will share some thoughts on guard llamas. We have one guard llama who lives with our sheep year round on our farm. Since bringing her to VT Grand View Farm, we … Read More

Ask the Shepherd~Livestock Guardian Dogs with Hannah Smith
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Part II~Protecting Your Flock-LGDs In my first post about guard animals for livestock, we explored protecting your flock of sheep with the use of miniature donkeys. Today, I have asked Hannah Smith of Vinegar Ridge Farm to talk with us about LGDs or Livestock Guardian Dogs. I first met the Smith family at the Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival about 11 … Read More

Ask the Shepherd ~ Guardian Animals with Jennifer King
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Throughout the years, I have had many people ask me questions about guardian animals for their flock of sheep. Llamas, donkeys, and certain breeds of dogs all make excellent guards against outside predators. Each guardian animal has their own unique way of protecting their flock. Before purchasing a guardian, I suggest learning as much as you can about each one, … Read More

Tips for Starting Your First Flock of Sheep
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With summer on our heels, I have had many inquiries from people wanting to add sheep to their farms or homesteads. I thought I would bring this blog post, written a couple of years ago, to the forefront on tips for starting your first flock of sheep. Here are some of the typical questions people new to sheep ask me. … Read More

Guard Llamas….My Friend – My Protector
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Alaska, our guardian llama, is really an independent soul. Her motto has always been, “Look-but don’t touch.” She prefers to eat her hay and grass without the sheep underfoot and she prefers to lay down and relax away from the flock. Every year, the lambs have to learn how to live with their giant friend and protector. Alaska lets them … Read More

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