These breeds fed colonists, transported pioneers, helped with the chores on farms and ranches, and altered entire industries.
These books may pique your interest and give you some insight into the old-fashioned art of making harness.
If you have a flock or herd that you have to manage on a regular basis, adding a canine partner may be a big help.
Acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to choose and purchase a draft team, and then learn to work them in the field, woodlot, or market garden.
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Is your dog an athlete? It takes a little extra care to bring a dog to this level of performance. This book will walk you through the process.
For truly small farms, these draft animals can be quite useful, transporting tools, produce, firewood, small children, and more.
The three most common types of livestock that herding dogs work with in the United States are ducks, sheep, and cattle. Other animals that are regularly herded with dogs are chickens, geese, turkeys, and goats. Some talented dogs can herd all of these species. However, many others are a little more specialized, particularly in theContinue reading “A Guide to Herding by Livestock Species”
The premise is that you cannot teach a dog to herd, simply because it already knows how. Instead, your role is that of pack leader.
Dogs can play all sorts of roles on a small homestead, from herding sheep to guarding goats to controlling vermin to hunting game for the table. You may be curious to know what dog breeds our readers have gravitated to during their research. Here’s the answer. 10. Border Collie The classic sheepdog can be aContinue reading “Top 10 Reader-Favorite Dog Breeds”