For sure. My little bitty Dexters keep their field clear of everything that doesn't live here including wild turkeys, deer, cats, and the neighbor's poor dog. LGDs are barkers, not a problem on a hundred acre spread, but something to consider on 5 acres.
If you only have cows you probably wont need them. Especially if you get a heritage breed like Belties that are very good at protecting their young.
Sebastian Hammer wrote:I was wondering what y'all thought about raising cows as compared to goats. I am looking for both meat and milk. I am going to be moving to a ~40 acre spot next Spring and was thinking a few goats or cows would be great. I am thinking of devoting 3 to 5 acres to the livestock. Of course, that allocation could change, well, tomorrow even based on what I learn.
My thoughts on the comparison are below, this is just what I have gathered from my initial research and talking to people.
Smaller and easier to transport
Eat a wider variety of plant material
Can keep a larger number in the same area so I can keep more females (does?) leading to, seemingly, more consistent milk production
Try harder to get out (even though I do know a dairy guy who seems to think his cows automatically appear outside the electric fence when it is off)
Males seem more territorial
Easier to butcher at home
More docile and easier to keep in a fence
Produce way more milk
Little more finicky about what they eat
Easier to control and paddock shift
Milk seems to have more milk fat (which is a definite plus in my book)
Can be used for work easier if need be
So, what do you think?