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Livestock Guardians

Livestock guardians are animals that are used to defend farm stock against predators.

On Quatre Saisons, we have several kilometres between pastures separated by large tracts of forest and we are in close proximity to a rural lifestyle zone so domestic dogs are a reality.

The front paddocks are open and less attractive to foxes than the heavily timbered areas at the rear of our property, which share boundaries with the neighbouring Mundoonen ranges.

This boundary terrain at the back of our property harbours foxes but is also home to eagles, goanna’s and other predators of new lambs. These risks to our stud animals have forced us to re-evaluate some of the assumptions we may have had when we first started to keep farm stock.

Today, we use a mix of Maremma dogs and Alpaca as livestock guardians.

Huacaya Alpacas

With their smaller size and quizzical faces, it’s easy to understand why many people raise alpacas for companionship and as a part of enjoying a rural lifestyle.  Indeed, they are so beautiful to look at and a great deal of fun to live with.

Alpacas are social herd animals that live in family groups consisting of a territorial male, females and their young. They are gentle, elegant, inquisitive, intelligent and observant. There are a number of different types of alpaca. 

Maremma Dogs

Maremma are often referred to as Italian sheepdogs, where for centuries they have been the traditional companion of herdsmen protecting flocks of sheep, especially in the mountainous northern regions of Italy.

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Is it instinct?

Alpaca are a prey animal, they are cautious and nervous if they feel threatened. They like having their own space and may not like an unfamiliar alpaca or human getting close, especially from behind. They warn the herd about intruders by making sharp, noisy inhalations that sound like a high pitch burro bray. The herd may attack smaller predators with their front feet, and can spit and kick. Due to the soft pads on their feet, the impact of a kick is not as dangerous as that of a hoofed animal, yet it still can give quite a bruise, and the pointed nails can inflict cuts.