Liongate's Livestock Guardian Dogs
The Natural Way to Protect your Farm from Predator's
(warning some of these pictures are graphic)
Here at Liongate we have a predator problem. The cougar population in Southern Oregon has outgrown its space. We have the largest concentration of big cats on the west coast. As territory becomes an issue these beautiful cats become lazy and eat livestock. We use Livestock Guardians to keep our Bluefaced leicester sheep safe. We also have an issue with bears, loose neighbor dogs, coyotes, foxes, skunks, opossums and a local eagle that likes to hang out during lambing time.
We LOVE Tibetan Mastiff's they are the perfect answer to this overpopulation problem. They are the right mix of intelligence and independence to keep our flock safe. We also have a Maremma in training...a white LGD. We run two or three per zone (usually 3 if we have one training) and we have a pasture that we affectionately (sarcasm there) call the kill zone. It is the main area where we have lost sheep and we run 2 dogs out there with no sheep most of the time to keep the cats warded off.
For those of you who have taken the time to get to know us and understand our goals with our rare breed sheep, you know that we use our dogs to protect our farm business. They are our main employees. And you know we do this with prudence and attention to detail. Our dogs are and investment that we have made purely with the intent to protect our stock from death and to preserve the best breed of sheep!
If you have sheep or goats it is an investment worth its weight in gold...dollars did you know it costs $1368.00 to replace a sheep that was killed by a cougar and raise it to breeding age? When a sheep is killed you lose its fleeces, its meat and its unborn offspring. It has a long lasting affect on genetics. Not to mention that my sheep are my children. They all have names, individual personalities and each one holds a special place in my heart .
We have 7 working dogs. 6 Adults and one in training. Two of our guardians are 13 and we know that we will soon need to replace them. Hence one in training so far.
One is 7 and three are 5 years old. The Maremma is just over one and just learning the ropes. It is important to make sure that your oldsters bring up the youngsters-so they can teach them the ropes. We breed a litter when we need replacement dogs. This slide show will let you get to know our security team
We can help you choose the breed
that is right for your farm
We can help you with training issues
We can help you with fencing problems
We are happy to share our 19 years
of knowledge and help you find
what works on your farm
If we can't help you we can put you
in touch with people that can!