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Charleville guardian donkey a real ass

DONKEYS have been known to beat lions in battle, so dingoes and wild dogs are a piece of cake for these champion guardian animals.

Local donkey trainer Debbie Richardson has bred, trained and sold donkeys as guardians for the past three years.

Ms Richardson said trained donkeys were great at protecting livestock.

"I had a guy at Blackbutt several years ago that I sold three donkeys to," she said. "He had alpacas and the dingoes killed them.

"He bought dogs for guardians and they got scrub ticks and died so he eventually got onto me.

"He was losing three fat lambs a night valued at maybe $120 each," she said.

"He rang me about three weeks later and said he hadn't lost one single lamb since the donkeys had got there."

Ms Richardson said only a few donkeys in each paddock were needed to protect livestock.

"To be a guardian the donkeys need to be attached to the stock for a couple of weeks and they become a little family.

"When you let them out into the paddock they will always stay with those groups of sheep or goats."

Ms Richardson said the donkeys were not easy to muster, especially if they were wild.

"We've trained ours with water, lick blocks and hay to get them to go from paddock to paddock where we want them," Ms Richardson said.

"We have about 20 at the moment and they make great pets.

"They're even better than a dog."

Topics:  charleville, donkey


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