Category Archives: History

A look towards retirement

Okay, please, nobody panic. There comes a time in most people’s lives when they begin to look towards the end of their working career, and shepherds are no different than the rest — although we sometimes wait until we are very old before we begin down that path. Yet in my case, I knew when […]

Ingenuity and shepherding

We shepherds are an interesting lot. Although my college education made me an electrical engineer many years ago, I’ve done many things and reinvented myself several times over my lifetime to date. I was an engineer at first, then a stay-at-home mom to our two kids for a time and doing contract engineering work when […]

Quaker and Qayin

In 2004, I purchased a couple of purebred Romney ewes from a flock on the East Coast as foundation animals for our purebred Romney flock. Camille was colored and her friend Celeste was white. Of the two, Camille was the bigger of the two, but Celeste was both more prolific and the one with the […]

Romney sheep and our lambs

The Romney sheep breed originated in the challenging wetland area of the Romney Marsh in southeast England. Over the centuries, the locals developed a sheep that was able to withstand the cold, wet conditions in which they lived. Even the youngest lambs had heavily felted ears and thick, warm fleece that could shake off the […]

Boredom

With the exception of Martin’s recently enlarged Romney breeding group, the rest of our sheep are becoming obviously bored with breeding season. The ewes are ready to return to their matriarchal society, and the rams seem to be looking forward to returning to their ram-only groups in the upper paddocks. It’s obvious that breeding season […]