Kavi the Farmer

LGHD On Patrol

This is Kavi of Kia DuCoy.
Kavi is a Livestock Guardian Herding Dog.
He protects our livestock from predators.
He herds livestock to greener pastures.

Goose, Longson, Finishers, Kavi

Kavi patrols our fields.
He marks the borders to warn back predators.
He posts signs that say “Keep Out!”
Predators don’t mess with Kavi’s pack.

Kira and Kavi

Kavi and his sister Kira were born on our farm.
Generations of his family live here.
They work together as a team.
They are farm dogs.

Kavi with one of his Piglets

Kavi likes to play with the piglets.
This is one of Kavi’s weaner piglets.
The pigs grow up knowing the dogs as their boss.
Even big boars and sows respect and obey Kavi.

Kavi asking Saturn for Food

Kavi loves to eat pork.
He chews up bones.
Kavi works hard on the farm,
and he shares in the harvest.

Kavi and Saturn at Rest

I appreciate Kavi and the other dogs.
They work 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
It takes five people or one dog to catch or herd a pig.
Dogs make homesteading and farming much easier.
And they’re always good for a snuggle.

Outdoors: 67°F/44°F Partially Sunny, Moments of light rain
Farm House: 66°F/46°F
Tiny Cottage: 67°F/60°F

About Walter Jeffries

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8 Responses to Kavi the Farmer

  1. It’s amazing how much dogs can do! Our dog is a terrific mouse/rat eliminator, but he has no idea how to herd livestock. Actually, he tends to lead the pigs astray when we are moving them, so he’s usually confined then. He must be afraid that they are chasing him, he always ends up going in the direction we’re trying to keep them from heading. And of course, being pigs (a bit mischievous!) they follow him…

  2. Penny says:

    Ooooooooo….! Kavi looks spoooky! Scary!!!! I bet no predators want to mess with him. I just find it so amazing he protects the animals. He looksmore like the big bad wolf than a gardian angel!

  3. Gerald Hinderson says:

    Awesome dog!

  4. Jan says:

    Thank you for this lovely childrens story. I’m not sure if you meant it that way but that is how it reads and my six year old son loved it! Both text and pics. The big good woolf who guards the pigs he said.

  5. Tony says:

    I work with pigs everyday and wanting a good dog that will guard/herd my pigs. What type of dogs do you have and what do you recommend me on what type of dogs also how many?

    • Our dogs are a mix. They have a little German Shepherd and a little Black Labrador plus a lot of Other. More important than a specific breed is getting dogs that are either already working dogs or are born of working dog parents. I say this because show breeding and pet breeding of traditional working dogs can breed out the instincts. Working dogs do things like being territorial, walking their boundaries, vocalizing and such that some people find to be less than ideal as pets. Additionally, early exposure to livestock is important. Part is nature (genetics) and part is nurture (exposure/training). So, look for dogs that came from a working farm, ideally one that is similar to how you want your farm to be.

      As to the number of dogs, that depends on how many livestock you have, what type and what your local predator pressures are like. If you just need a sentry and territory mark for a low predator pressure situation then a single dog can do the trick. But if there are serious predator issues such as packs of coyotes or bear then you want a minimum of two dogs. Cougar? Make that three dogs at minimum. With these numbers a determined predator may kill one dog.

      Realize that for the most part predators are looking for an easy meal. They don’t want to mess with someone who can fight back. They also would prefer not to mess with fencing. Have good, hard, electric fences. This makes the dog’s job easier and helps to mark the boundaries of the territory.

      Lastly, train your dogs. Some people are of the mind that “good guard dogs know what to do totally instinctually.” I’ve repeatedly watched that approach fail. More over, by training your dogs you increase their versatility and the length of their working life. When your dogs are getting older bring in a new recruit that is young and can be trained. This roll over allows them to pass on their training and culture.

  6. Frank says:

    Thank you for all that you do on your blog. You’ve helped us greatly at our homestead.

  7. Farmerbob1 says:

    Walter, in your copious free time (hahahaha sorry, I couldn’t resist) I would suggest you consider writing and publishing a children’s book about your farm. I’d buy at least one copy. You already work with a magazine, I would be shocked if they couldn’t point you at someone to help with such a project.

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