A new type of livestock guardian ...

Discussion in 'Precious Protectors' started by keren, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. keren

    keren owned by goats

    Oct 26, 2008
    Australia
    After seeing this photo from a south african breeder, and seeing the same thing from my own, I'm thinking now it wouldnt be a bad idea to run the damara ewes in with the goats when they are kidding.

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    Hmm, I'm wondering if a damara wether would have the same instinct, that way I could bond him to the goat flock and leave him in all the time. or maybe two damara wethers.
     
  2. StaceyRosado

    StaceyRosado Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    NJ
    hmm interesting - only problem I see if it does work is the copper issue :shrug:
     

  3. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    that is true stacey.... :wink:

    keren ...that was an interesting idea....but yea ...the copper would be a problem.... :shocked:
     
  4. AlaskaBoers

    AlaskaBoers New Member

    May 6, 2008
    Wasilla Alaska
    that ewe reminds me of my big alpine kiko doe, goat head.
    she's beat up our dog before, poor birch.

    well kelebek keeps sheep with her goats, she must have some kind of system for keeping the minerals separated between species.
     
  5. keren

    keren owned by goats

    Oct 26, 2008
    Australia
    Well, a while ago I made up a little stand type thing for the minerals, its free standing but you can wire it to the fence for more stability if you wish. Basically the mineral block (yes, I use blocks and havent had any problem with them) is held in a covered bit up the top, it can also hold a bowl for loose minerals if you wish, the goats have to jump/climb up onto a platform to get the minerals, or the bigger ones can stand up with their front feet on the platform and reach it. My sheep dont jump or climb up. Works quite well, I just have to watch out for athletic sheep, or goats that need to be shown how to use the feeder.

    But that might change with these damaras, they say they browse like goats so I dont quite know how my you beaut mineral feeder will go with that. Might have to raise it a little.

    The other thing to do would be supply the other blocks that dont have copper, and just give the goats a copper bolus.
     
  6. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    wow ...that sounds good keren .......smart thinking.. :thumbup: ...whatever works..... :wink: :greengrin:
     
  7. Thanatos

    Thanatos New Member

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    Mar 16, 2009
    Lake Ariel, Pa
    Speaking of gaurdians, I let Rock(my doberman) out with the animals to see how he would do.... Well Luna took exception to him and sent him for a roll. Rock on the other hand liked the goats, he treated them like dogs(tried to smell butts) but after Luna expressed herself we put him back. Poor rock :wink:
     
  8. Jenna

    Jenna New Member

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    Jan 7, 2009
    Wow, some sheep!!! I'd think the only reason you couldn't is the copper issue... if you could find out a way to get around that it would work out great I'm thinking...
     
  9. keren

    keren owned by goats

    Oct 26, 2008
    Australia
    What I'm seeing from the Damaras is, they climb up with their front legs to reach feed, but they wont actually jump up onto things. So I think raising the mineral feeder will solve that problem. I wont have a chance to run the damaras with the goats and test that theory for a few months though, because they are penned up firstly to tame down but also because they're gonna lamb, then the goats will be kidding ... :roll: Its never ending, isnt it :greengrin:
     
  10. RowdyKidz

    RowdyKidz Senior Member

    Apr 2, 2009
    NW Ohio