I’m asked a lot about whether we worry about predators with our sheep flock and chicken /turkey flocks and the answer to that is “No”. We have three Security Guards that are on duty 24 hours a day seven days a week. They have proven they can handle their jobs so we rest easy knowing our flocks are well taken care of.
First I’ll introduce you to Junior, the big male of the Team. He is actually Lily’s pup from her one and only litter. He is a Great Pyrenees, a breed of dog known for their protection of livestock. Junior is a character who adores ladies, but not so much fellas except for Kent—he loves Kent. Junior will protect anything we put him with. He has taken out an opossum or two trying to sneak in with the chickens, he patrols the fence lines and you can hear him barking from a great distance especially when the coyotes start hawling. He is also very good at watching the sky and barks at any and all buzzards, hawks, and geese that happen to fly over. He is intimidating to look at and weighs in about 135 lbs. He’s frontline of defense.
Lily— the oldest and wisest of our Security Team. Lily is the Boss-Lady. To look at her, you would think she is a lazy loafer that couldn’t protect an old shoe, but you would be wrong. Lily works smarter not harder. Lily sets up advantage posts where she can see as much of her guard area as possible. Whether that is a corner or smack-dab in the middle of the pasture. She is ferocious along fence lines , daring anything to come in her area. She is gentle with the lambs and routinely makes checks of her lambs. Lily also is our teacher and Emma Jean spent a great deal of time learning her job along side Lily.
Emma Jean—our craziest and youngest member of our team. Just about to turn 2 years old. Emma Jean has proven herself well already. The most ferocious when she spies a flying predator and will leap in the air barking to run them off. Emma Jean is comical and ALWAYS in your pocket. It’s an ordeal just to gather the eggs when she’s on chicken duty. Her face has to be in your face. We are hoping that one day soon she will be able to pass some of her great protective traits to a litter of pups. But, that will be a while off.
We sure couldn’t run this farm without them. There is no telling how many tragedies have been avoided because they were on duty. They are a vital part of the farm. Most of the time visitors won’t see them because they are working.
We love them and will keep you posted on their jobs.