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Livestock Guard Dogs: A Rancher's Best Friend


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As grizzlies, wolves and coyotes continue to be more of an issue for livestock producers in Montana, many ranchers are searching for better ways to protect their livestock.
Livestock Guard Dogs are an excellent way to protect your herd - be it sheep, cows, goats or chickens.
Steve and Billie Skelton own a ranch on the Front, smack dab in the middle of prime bear country. The Skeltons have discovered a way to keep their sheep safe and sleep at night - a combination that is hard to imagine when you're seeing grizzlies every day from your front door.
"Do grizzles and sheep mix? No! But that doesn't mean that you can't raise sheep in our heavily populated predator region," Steve said. "We have been successful with a 'layering of dogs' technique that has been proven in northern Canada. LGDs are an effective means of coexisting in our grizzly and wolf infested environment that can protect all types of livestock, family and farmyards."
Marias River Livestock Association has teamed up with Steve and Billie to offer an informational presentation on Livestock Guard Dogs and how they have learned to use them in the most efficient and effective way. Steve and Billie will also bring some of their LGDs to the meeting so everyone can see just how tough and friendly they are, as well as differentiate between the breeds that they will be discussing.
"In these trying times when property rights are being challenged, LGDs are one of the only legal means of livestock and family protection," Steve said.
Please join us Tuesday, April 10 at 7 p.m. at the Stage Stop Inn in Choteau for this informational presentation.