donkey

Business Beat
4:46 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Guard donkeys; farmers plowing more prairie land

Credit Heather Adams / KBIA

Wild dogs, coyotes, and bobcats are just some of the predators that have always been a threat to ranchers who raise sheep or goats. Traditionally, people think of getting dogs to help protect their flocks and herds. But there is another option and it’s becoming more popular among ranchers. Guard donkeys. KBIA’s Heather Adams has more.

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Agriculture
4:41 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Ranchers turn to guard donkeys to fend off predators

Charlotte Clifford-Rathert says donkeys bond with sheep and goats and become like their “family.” This is important in the effectiveness of the donkey’s ability to guard them from predators.
Credit Heather Adams / KBIA

Wild dogs, coyotes and bobcats have always been a threat to farmers who raise sheep and goats. Traditionally, people think of getting dogs to protecting these flocks. But there is another option that’s becoming more popular among farmers -- guard donkeys.

Read more