Ask the Shepherd~Livestock Guardian Animals Part III~ Guard Llamas

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

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

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