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Livestock guardian dogs help protect poultry, herd animals

 


Livestock guardian dogs (sometimes called LGDs) can be lifesavers, not only for herd animals and poultry but also for farmers and ranchers trying to build a profitable business.

Laura Faley owns Hidden Meadow Ranch near Mount Vernon, Washington, about 60 miles north of Seattle. She raises chickens, turkeys, ducks and sheep with the help of dogs bred specifically to cope with the coyotes, bears, raptors and other predators roaming her property.

The guardian dogs also help control other dogs — family pets allowed to run loose through neighborhoods, posing a threat to goats and sheep.

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