Beau–An Excellent Cattle Dog
For me, the most interesting demonstration at the Lesser Prairie Chicken Festival at Milnesand, NM–besides observing the chickens themselves, of course–was the herding demonstration.
Beau is a red border collie and a cattle herding dog. Cattle herding dogs differ from sheep herding dogs in that they have to be quite a bit tougher, as they often are kicked by the cattle. Beau has only a few teeth left because of this, and yet as you will see he still loves his job. Because the demonstration was right outside the Milnesand Community Center, Beau’s person brought sheep rather than cattle for him to herd on this particular day.
It was a delight to watch Beau herd the sheep. I’ll let you watch him do what he does best.
Notice the white tabs on the fence. These are on most of the fences in this area to minimize collisions between the Lesser Prairie Chickens and the fences.
A border collie puppy with good blood lines will cost around $500. A finished competition cattle dog is worth ten times that or more.
It was a treat to watch such a wonderfully well trained dog. Until I see him again, I know that Beau will be on the job.