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Beau–An Excellent Cattle Dog

April 26, 2010

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, the cattle dog

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.

Beau moves the sheep across the field

The boss said to put all these sheep in this corner

Now it's time to move the sheep out of the corner

The boss says "down," but I'm keeping my eye on these sheep

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.

Beau reminds the sheep to stay in a nice little bunch

A border collie puppy with good blood lines will cost around $500. A finished competition cattle dog is worth ten times that or more.

Beau brings the sheep to the boss

"Beau! Come around!"

"Good dog, Beau!"

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.

Beau would say goodbye, but he's busy right now

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 26, 2010 5:21 pm

    Border collies rule!

    • April 26, 2010 5:38 pm

      I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed watching this boy at work. 🙂

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