Wild dogs get ass-whipping
Donkey defence force works so well, farmer is spreading the love
ELIEZER Robinson lost $120,000 in livestock before he decided to employ donkeys to protect his sheep and cattle from wild dogs.
Mr Robinson said a pack of eight wild dogs started terrorising his 122ha property at Coramba, between Grafton and Coffs Harbour in New South Wales, at the end of last year. The situation got so bad that he got rid of all his sheep and agisted his cattle.
“We were losing $1500 a night,” Mr Robinson said.
“We ended up bringing some more cows in. They didn’t touch the cows and we thought it was okay. We bought 80 cows out of dispersal, they cost $2000 each pregtested in calf.
“That was last year in August. By December there wasn’t one calf left.”
Mr Robinson said they had also bought in some weaners.
“Christmas Day we lost 15 weaners. They were taking down 150kg weaners. You’ve never seen a slaughterhouse like it.
“They weren’t eating anything just killing them.
“It wasn’t safe to have any animals on our farm.”
Then someone suggested Mr Robinson try a donkey.
“I got one from a guy in Grafton. He’s a jack (ass) and his name is Percy,” Mr Robinson said.
“He was here for a month and I looked down one day and he was going flat chat after these dogs across the field.
“We were just about to give up before Percy came in May.”
After success with Percy, Mr Robinson decide to bring a truck load of 120 donkeys across from the desert.
“They came from Alice Springs, they spent 24 hours at a dip station in Longreach, then came straight down to Grafton. I picked them up there,” Mr Robinson said.
“Before the donkeys I was sleeping out in my ute and waking up every hour and putting a spotlight on to try and scare the dogs.
“All that has stopped now I’ve got the donkeys.
“We have 250 lambs now we’re fattening and 150 goats. We got them back about three weeks after the donkeys came.
“We leave them out in the paddock and they’re still there the next day.
“We have bought all our cattle back.”
After seeing Mr Robinson’s success, the donkeys have become in demand.
“It was going to cost me the same to get a body truck load as a small load so I figured I’d just get a big truck and sell them off.
“They’ve all started having babies so I’m going to breed them.
“I am just want everyone to have the same opportunity I’ve had.”
Mr Robinson said he has sold about 50 donkeys so far for $850 each plus GST. The donkeys have gone to Tenterfield, Dubbo, down to Victoria, and some being sent up to Mackay.
He said his donkeys have been calm and quiet since they arrived.
“I run my donkeys with my cattle and my sheep. I could probably put on in the chook pen and there’d be no drama!” Mr Robinson said.
“They’re respectful to working dogs as long as you’re around. They’re fine with horses and they don’t touch fences.
“I have two kids, Ty 13, and Flynn 11, and the donkeys are fine with them. They won’t touch my kids or attack them.
“Percy will talk to Flynn. Flynn makes the noise and Percy will start going on with it.”
Mr Robinson said having the donkeys has changed his life.
“We lost all our livestock and our money and then it got so bloody dry,” he said.
“But we’ve come out the other side, we’re behind but we’re out of it, and it’s all because of the donkeys.
“As soon as you’ve got donks, it just changes your life. I don’t worry about the dogs any more!”
❝Before the donkeys I was sleeping out in my ute and waking up every hour and putting a spotlight on to try and scare the dogs. All that has stopped now I’ve got the donkeys. — Eliezer Robinson
DOG DEVASTATION: Eliezer Robinson holds up a wild dog.
One of Eliezer Robinson’s donkeys with a baby.