Farming Cheats: Donkeys can protect your animals

Having problems with dogs or jackal? Try running some donkeys with your livestock.

Although they won’t deliberately protect your livestock, they’re very aggressive toward dogs, jackal and other predators.

Donkeys have exceptional hearing, great smell and eyesight and will investigate any disturbances within a herd or flock. They will then start braying and chasing the intruding predators – even humans in some cases. Not all donkeys work though, so you’ll have to try several.

Introduce donkeys to a herd or flock when they’re young, preferably at weaning. This way they can grow up as part of the group. Donkeys are tough animals, but don’t mind other livestock, so give them a try.

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