PREDATOR AND PEST CONTROL

Dogs and cats serve an essential purposes on the farm. Without them, the wildlife sees the fruit of your labors simply as an all-you-can-eat buffet, and they can easily take your entire crop.  Panthers and bears are a problem here, as well as the usual racoons, rabbits, rats, mice and birds. Panthers will take a goat; bears can takes goats, but usually don’t (I had an exception to that rule on my place a few years ago). Without dogs out at night, raccoons will find unsecured chickens and will take a few each night until they are gone. Raccoons and possums will eat fruit, as well as rats. That’s where the cats become a necessity. Rats do major damage to fruit crops here. Finding a huge, bright yellow pineapple hollowed out by rats is majorly disappointing!

DOG TYPES

Cats are cats, but dogs come is all types. The best for keeping livestock safe are the livestock guardians. I happen to have a shepherd – a Belgian Malinois. Shepherds sound like the best type of dog to be around sheep and goats. However, they were actually bred to drive sheep and goats; in other words, they like to chase them! My dog does well with the goats, however, now that he’s been collar-trained. And…. I’m not sure a livestock guardian would guard the fruit as well as he does!

 

 

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