I usually don’t make this a classified ad column, but one of
our farmer/writers in Manitoba needs a new guard dog puppy for their sheep
The breed they had is Akbash/Maremma, which to be honest
is a breed I have never heard of. What happened to
the good old Sheep Dog?
Akbash/Maremma is a mixed breed combining the Maremma
sheepdog which hails from the mountains of Italy, with the Turkish Akbash..
Anyway, our columnist had a great dog, it was chasing a
fox one day and got hit by a car as it followed the fox across a road. Sad
ending for a great dog, killed in the line of duty.
So if you have this breed or know of someone with a puppy,
let me know and I can put them in touch with our Manitoba columnist. (see my
contact information below).
And not to make light of the situation, but it just so
happens an ag consulting friend of mine, Dennis Laughton of Calgary, today sent
me this article on dealing with problem coyotes in Wyoming.
And this is how the story goes….The Sierra Club and the U.
S. Forest Service were presenting an alternative to the Wyoming ranchers for
controlling the coyote population. It seems that after years of the ranchers
using the tried and true method of shooting or trapping the predators, the
Sierra Club had a “more humane” solution to this issue.
What they were proposing was for the animals to be
captured alive. The males would then be castrated and let loose again. This was
ACTUALLY proposed by the Sierra Club and by the U. S. Forest Service.
All of the ranchers thought about this amazing idea for a
couple of minutes. Finally an old fellow wearing a big cowboy hat in the back
of the conference room stood up, tipped his hat back and said ”I don’t
think you idiots understand our problem here. These coyotes ain’t
screwing our sheep … they’re eatin’ ’em!” The meeting never really got
back to order.
Lee Hart is editor of Cattleman’s Corner based in
Calgary. Contact him at 403-592-1964 or by email at [email protected]