Category Archives: guarding

Breeding rams and temperament

One would think that determining the temperament of a ram would be a relatively easy thing, but as regular readers know, most issues surrounding sheep end up being more complicated than they might seem! Ram temperament is one of those things. First, as with people, temperament can change with age and life experience. Unlike with […]

Practicing their ninja moves

For many years now, we have kept llamas as guardians for our sheep. We often have to decide which of the four llamas goes into which group. Sometimes we have more sheep groups than llamas and need to run one or more groups without protection. At other times we need to put more than one […]

The season of deliveries

Shepherding is cyclic, shifting with the seasons throughout the year. The heavy-duty work of lambing gives way to a period of growth, during which we ensure that each and every one of our lambs remains healthy and happy as they grow into the best version of their genetics. This period is one of evaluating, vaccinating, […]

A close call

I have mentioned in previous blogs that a shepherd must be vigilant during this time of year. Not only are most of the ewes entering their last trimester of gestation (considered a high-risk period when preterm abortions are possible), but here they are in full fleece, which can throw off their balance — especially in […]