Kanzi is the newest addition to the farm. Kanzi came to us from an organization in the state of Oregon called the Oregon Cougar Action Team (ORECAT) for short, and they have a program where they are looking to place livestock guardian dogs with farmers. She is a Maremma/Pyrenees cross pup who is currently 12 weeks old. We have Kanzi as well as our adult Anatolian, Crispin.
Crispin, our mature Anatolian Shepherd
Livestock guardians are an imperative addition to our farm, since we are surrounded by National Monument and all fauna that comes with vast amounts of open space. We would prefer to live harmoniously with our wild neighbors, but sometimes they range a little too close in for comfort and these guardian dogs keep our livestock safe from them.
Cougars are regular "walkers" around here, the name I give predators that are making their loops close in to where we live, and the livestock guardian dogs barking along perimeter fences have deterred cougars, wolves, and coyotes from breaching the fence lines so far.
The addition of sheep on the farm may also increase predators along fences, because if there is one thing I have learned from livestock, is that sheep are the number one that predators would like to pick off first. They are one of the tastiest animals here, from my own experience.
We are hoping that the addition of Kanzi, as she grows up, will push our night walkers farther back into the forest versus ranging closer into our pasture areas.
We have fully field fenced pastures and barns for livestock so they are closed in at night also as predator deterrence.