Our Abruzzo guard dogs


Ours has been a baptism of fire - the first wolf attacks arrived out of the blue in the early 2000's, but after several seasons it became obvious that our goats would never be safe to graze freely as they had, and as we had envisioned our farm to be.
We raise Cashmere goats specifically because we choose not to slaughter as our primary business - nor do we want to kill the wildlife in our ecosystem, so we have been forced to invent non lethal solutions to the presence of predators in our area, that permit the co-existence of our goats and the local predators; a balance that is fragile, complicated and costly, and that requires an immense investment of time, patience and money.

Currently we use a system of electric fencing that varies with the particular land we are grazing, together with a team of LGD (Large Guard Dogs), specifically, the ABRUZZO SHEPHERD, which has been raised for centuries as the livestock guard dog of choice for protection against wolves and bear.
To ensure the safety of our 200+ cashmere goats, we maintain a pack of 11 adult dogs, which - together with the use of electric fencign - act as an effective deterent
We also collaborate with several national and international groups who promote and sustain the correct breeding and use of these dog breeds to allow land holders such as us to co-exist with our local predators and other protected species

For this reason, we have been selected by the
Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network as the first farm in Europe to obtain "WILDLIFE FRIENDLY" certification for our products, specifically our SUSTAINABLE CASHMERE
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