Donkey with calves

Discussion in 'Cattle' started by petefarms, Aug 12, 2017.

  1. petefarms

    petefarms Well-Known Member

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    Heard a new one today, upstate NY we have lot's of coy dogs(coyotes) and a way to keep them away from beef cattle and calves was a donkey. That was a new one for all the years I've been around cows. Any thoughts?
     
  2. G. Seddon

    G. Seddon Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Donkeys "can" be used to guard livestock, but not just any donkey. No miniatures, even though people will tell you otherwise; once in a while, a miniature will be very assertive with predators, but in general they are too small to protect themselves from a pack of dogs and end up being dinner themselves. No jacks (intact males) who can be quite territorial and are very capable of tossing a calf over the fence (even a miniature donkey). A donkey that is raised with the type of animal it is going to protect is a better bet. However, donkeys still require health care, hoof trims, tooth floating, etc., and usually cannot have 24/7 access to lush pasture for risk of founder. I'd suggest that you look at an dog breed that is bred and raised as a livestock guardian instead of a donkey.
     

  3. Oregon1986

    Oregon1986 Well-Known Member

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    A lot of people around here have donkeys for that very reason. We have llamas and elpacas
     
  4. wr

    wr Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    Not all donkeys make good guard animals and a bad one can cause more damage than a predator. I had much better luck keeping a couple longhorn cows & calves with my herd.
     
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  5. hiddensprings

    hiddensprings Well-Known Member

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    I know a few people that use donkeys. We preferred dogs.