A guard dog looks over pasture-raised chickens on Dave Evans’s historic ranch in Point Reyes National Seashore. Livestock protection dogs, which are rising in popularity among regional producers seeking to avoid lethal measures, are partially funded by the county.  David Briggs

A county agricultural program that has for years helped sheep ranchers fund the protection of their flocks is now also helping to protect pasture-raised chickens. Although the freedom to wander produces a more humane egg, it also make birds more vulnerable to rapacious predators.

As ranchers look to diversify their farms—and as the demand for pasture-raised protein . . .

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