2018 brought heavy predator pressure from coyotes. It was more than our donkey and llama could deal with, so we invested in some Livestock Guard Dogs. So far we are very impressed with the attentiveness to duty of Bonnie and Clyde, and their younger pair Jasmine and Chloe. We are contemplating breeding Jasmine in the future, but that is still an open question as she was just born in June 2018.
Also in 2018, we purchased a few Dorper ewes and a ram. We will be evaluating this breed in our system to see if we think it's a good fit.
In 2016, the APSA received a grant to assist with the cost of development of EBV's for parasite resistance. We are proud to be participants in this opportunity to join with other flocks to enhance the numbers we've been working on for a few years.