Thank you for your story Faye!
I have a female great pyr/akbash, she protects my small herd of cows, she is very loyal to the stock, entirely fearless, and friendly to humans (and has a short coat for the California heat). My goat neighbor (he has 250 goats on land which he doesn't even pay rent for) has three german shepherds to watch his flock too though..We have bears, coyotes, mountain lions. Lots of cattle herds around though.
I have gir cattle (dairy/draft breed from india) but the other week i got a dexter cow who had a 4 month heifer calf on her, half belted galloway. It was her first calf. I got this fresh cow because my cow is not making milk yet, and i figured it was a good price for a cow/calf pair and i could start milking right away. She would not let me near her. She scarred my cows all over with her horns, she tore up any somewhat weak spot in my fencing. she screamed day and night. Poor girl was traumatized to high heaven! Luckily my friend came and took her off me finally last week. Reminds me why I got the gir cows. They never make a peep, they love people, they have utmost respect for my fence. I am excited to see how the milk turns out! Gona share with the calf, and will only feed a tiny bit of grains or no grains at all.
Dairy farming is amazing! Thanks again for sharing. Here's some pics of my herd: https://www.facebook.com/MotherNatureRanchGardens/