Category Archives: Herding

Color changes and rams

Since we are in the midst of breeding season, every weekend typically brings a new crayon color to our marking harnesses. The recommendation is to change color every cycle or 2-3 weeks, but we’ve found over the years that this doesn’t work well for us for several reasons: 1) the crayon is often very nearly […]

Unforgotten trauma

This is a big week, since we’ll be putting our breeding groups together on Saturday. In anticipation of the work involved, this entire week has been all about getting the sheep and equipment ready. I’ve checked out all of the marking harnesses and crayons, moved the rams into their winter lodgings, cleaned out all of […]

Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival

I will be playing hooky this weekend by taking two and a half days off from shepherding as I enjoy the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival in Jefferson, Wisconsin. This is an annual event that combines pretty much everything that has to do with sheep, wool, and fiber — including herding dog trials, a big […]

The flock and the lost sheep

As a shepherd, I work with sheep daily; in fact, most people would correctly say that I work with a flock of sheep. The term flock is defined by vocabulary.com as “a group of animals, like birds or sheep, that have congregated together.” This definition is technically correct, but when you do the work that […]

Doggy dreams of work

There is no doubt in my mind that dogs dream. I have believed this for as long as we’ve had dogs, and I’m happy that most scientists who study these things finally tend to agree: dogs do seem to dream, and the subject appears to involve things that they do during the day. I enjoy […]

Shepherding

I often write about the activities of the flock: feeding, grazing, breeding, shearing, skirting fleeces, lambing. The list of what we do seems endless — not only to you as readers, but sometimes also to me as the shepherdess. There is a lot to do when keeping sheep. Yet sometimes it is easy to forget […]

Coming to my call

Our sheep are generally out in the pasture 24/7 this time of year. It used to be that if we needed to move them from one field to another or get them into a barn for some reason, I had to take out one of our herding dogs to do so. The sheep understood that […]