Handy? You bet your ass
Man’s new best friend a daggy donkey called Glenn who’s even on Insta
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.