Speak out loud! Have you ever been near a screaming donkey? It has a punch and carries a good distance. Yes, they are noisy, but without them we would not have managed to advance civilization in the time span that we have reached.

Now you can add another position to your resume, that of Sentinel. Say what?!

Think about it. as loud as they are, they would be a very good alarm system. Damn, if peacocks and ge can be recruited for occupational safety, why not donkeys? Apparently, sheep breeders in Perth, Australia, agree, because they use them to protect their flocks.

The loss of livestock can be expensive, and wild dogs have been a big deal for New South Wales farmer Butch Pilley, who killed up to 30 sheep on his farm in one night. That was three year ago, and there hasn’t been a single loss on the property since he introduced two “trained donkeys” as protective animals.

“The effect of the donkeys was quite remarkable,” Pilley admitted.

Previously, dogs regularly slaughtered sheep and dozens of lambs. “In one year we lost about 250 lambs, which affected the lambing of ewes in the following year,” he added. “So the cost could easily be up to 30,000, plus the stress of having to go downstairs every morning and find your sheep dead or mutilated.”.

Pilley and other in the region suffered significant livestock losses froms by feral dogs, resulting in economic, social and even emotional costs. “They could come to an enclosure in the morning and kill twenty to thirty sheep in one night,” Pilley said. You can imagine how devastating it would be night after night, or at least week after week. He would age quickly.

But then a small miracle happened in the form of an experiment sponsored by the local Land services (LLS), when they presented trained donkeys at the Hill End Sheep Farm, Pilley’s outfit, and the effects were immediately visible and noticeable.

“Since we started, there have been no wild dogs on sheep with the donkeys in the crowd… this was a great result,” said Paul Gibb, head of biosecurity at LLS. “Donkeys get along well with a wild dog and can be quite aggressive.
You can hit a dog with your feet and grab it with your mouth, so they are really good defensive animals.”

If you are a sheep farmer and have similar problems with losses, then you should consider this method of deterrence with one caveat: according to LLS, donkeys, although well suited for the job, must be carefully attached to cattle before being used as a crime.