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rouxcrew wrote: Terri, glad to see you have goats! LGD's (Livestock Guardian Dogs) are the absolute best for goat protection, or any livestock protection. There are many breeds and crosses that can do the job, I just bought a 6 month old pup to put in with my young dairy goats and will move her when the younguns get moved to be with my milkers. My guys killed a coyote this spring, one stupid enough to wander in our fences. Two years ago they killed a bobcat that attacked a ewe by jumping out of a tree. I stiched up the ewe and one dog had a nasty claw mark across his face but the cat was dead.
We run pairs because there are a lot of smart coyote packs, but a good single dog will keep most animals safe.
All my goats are disbudded, had Jacob sheep once and the horns always caught in fences, poked me, hurt others. I used to walk around with bruises from being bumped inadvertently.
Good luck and feel free to holler at me if you ever have any questions, I had to learn the hard way and now am setting up my dairy for licensing so I might have answers for you.