Maremma dogs are an integral part our business. We couldn't operate as a true free range farm without them. Each flock has its own dog as protection from foxes and wedge tailed eagles.
And there are always a couple who just poke around the place day and night looking for anything suspicious. We don't even have to lock the hens up at night because the dogs are always patrolling--on the lookout for interlopers!
Until we bought our first dogs we always had to make sure we were home before dusk every day to lock the hens in their sheds but with the dogs constantly patrolling, we can stay out till all hours (if only). Our Maremmas really are just as important as the hens!