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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Another Traditional Method

In a vast wilderness of thorn trees and grasslands on the edge of the Kalahari desert, Peter Knipe farms a menagerie of thousands of animals, from goats and cattle to impalas and giraffes. His most exotic import, however, is a friendly looking dog named Neeake.  Raised with a herd of goats since he was a puppy, Neeake has bonded with the goats so loyally that he guards them with his life. He scans the horizon constantly, searching for predators, keeping the cheetahs and leopards at bay.

Isn't this another old fashioned labour intensive method?  One that happens to work  very successfully  though .... The cheetahs and the goats are both safe using the dog to safeguard the goats.   Perhaps we, as a culture should be considering reviving more of these old farming methods.   Expecially since small holdings are the most productive farms.

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