Handy? You bet your ass

Man’s new best friend a daggy don­key called Glenn who’s even on In­sta

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - News - CAS­SAN­DRA GLOVER Cas­san­dra.glover@ru­ral­weekly.com.au

CON­DOBOLIN farmer Brad Hur­ley has bought three don­keys to pro­tect his dor­pers from foxes.

How­ever, he never ex­pected the don­keys would be­come such a source of fun and en­joy­ment in his life.

“They are my drought re­lief,” Mr Hur­ley said.

“When the ewes are lamb­ing they’re out with the ewes for three months.

“And we lamb the dor­pers ev­ery eight months.

“When they’re not work­ing they’re in my house pad­dock, purely for my en­joy­ment.”

Mr Hur­ley runs 330 cows and 1200 dor­pers on his 8800ha prop­erty 100km north­west of Con­dobolin in cen­tral New South Wales.

He said he was hav­ing trou­ble with foxes, and he didn’t like al­pacas, so he de­cided to try a don­key.

“Where we buy our bulls, they breed minia­ture don­keys, and they told me they do the same job on foxes,” Mr Hur­ley said.

“I got Glenn 18 months ago. He’s the orig­i­nal.

“And it co­in­cided with a lot of ex­clu­sion fenc­ing, but we got 700 more lambs the first year we had a don­key.

“I’m prais­ing the don­key; my wife (Re­becca) is prais­ing the fence.”

Mr Hur­ley said he wanted a don­key in ev­ery pad­dock, so he de­cided to breed them.

“I got two more, Neville and Ta­nia, and I’m go­ing to start breed­ing them,” he said.

“I’m go­ing to of­fend a lot of peo­ple here, but they were the dag­gi­est names for don­keys I could think of.”

Glenn has his own In­sta­gram page, @Glen­nthe­do­n­key.

“They have be­come a bit of a cult with the kids,” Mr Hur­ley said.

“A lot of peo­ple around the state have heard the word about Glenn.

“He’s be­come a bit of a leg­end.”

Mr Hur­ley said each don­key has their own per­son­al­ity.

“I’m still try­ing to work Ta­nia out. She’s a bit stand-off­ish,” he said. “Glenn is just a dag. “They are very in­di­vid­ual char­ac­ters.

“It’s hard not to like them. They’re very cute.”

When Ru­ral Weekly asked Mr Hur­ley which don­key was his favourite, the phone went silent.

“Sorry, I just had to make sure they weren’t lis­ten­ing,” Mr Hur­ley joked.

“Glenn is the orig­i­nal, he’d be my favourite.

“He’s got the In­sta­gram. He’s the rock star.”

Mr Hur­ley said he hoped to get some more fe­males once the drought was over.

“I want to get one in ev­ery pad­dock,” he said.

“But they only breed once a year and I’ve only got Ta­nia so she’s un­der the pump.

“When the drought breaks I’ll get some more fe­males.

“But they do a good job with the foxes and pigs so they well and truly pay for them­selves.”

Mr Hur­ley said don­keys can live for up to 50 years.

“Glenn is only two and Neville and Ta­nia are one,” he said.

“They will prob­a­bly out­live me! I’d have to live un­til I’m 100.

“They all have birth­days com­ing up in Novem­ber.”

Glenn is just a dag. They are very in­di­vid­ual char­ac­ters.

— Brad Hur­ley


DAGGY DON­KEY: Glenn gives Brad Hur­ley a kiss.

Brad hugs his mates Glenn and Neville.

Ta­nia, Glenn, Neville and Brad.

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