Guard animals for livestock protection: existing and potential use in Australia


Wild dogs, foxes and domestic dogs cause major losses to the Australian livestock industry each year. These losses fall into several categories:

  • livestock killed or maimed
  • production losses
  • predator control costs and
  • social impacts.

This review discusses livestock losses in Australia and provides information and case studies for the following livestock guarding animals (LGAs):

  • dogs
  • alpacas
  • llamas and
  • donkeys

for the protection of:

  • sheep
  • goats and
  • poultry.


Published: 2003