Farm Dog Keeps Wildlife Safe in the Fields | People
One local dog is doing his part to make sure that the family farm runs smoothly every day. Blue, the Australian Shepard-Boarder Collie, has a very special part to play when his owner starts up the swather.
Whenever Tim Meyers heads to fields to cut crops with the swather, Blue jumps in the cab with him. Meyers says that Blue is all business in the fields. When the pair spots wildlife such as deer in the path of the machine, Blue hops out of the cab and herds the animals into safety.
“He has for years and years,” says Meyers who explains that Blue is great herd dog. Meyers says Blue takes the job so seriously that he even goes as far as to pin young fawns down by the neck until he is sure they are out of harm's way.
A swather boasts sharp blades that cut down grass and alfalfa and then gathers it up into neat piles so the sun can dry it into hay. It can be a lethal machine for unsuspecting animals, but Blue makes sure that every animal is safe and sound