Category Archives: Illnesses

An eye wart?

It isn’t often that something happens within the flock that I haven’t seen before. After nearly seventeen years, I’ve seen a lot of weird stuff, both in my own flock and in the flocks of friends and acquaintances, so when my young ram lamb Pistil had me stumped this past fall, it was a notable […]

Feeding during gestation

Probably the easiest error to make in the early years of shepherding is to provide the wrong level of nutrition to the gestating ewes. This is typically a “rookie mistake” that occurs once or twice as the shepherd learns the intricacies of gestational requirements. Unfortunately this learning curve can occur at the expense of the […]

Experience, parasites, and the drive to fight and live

Porter died in his favorite spot in the paddock. A bucket of water and a handful of raspberry leaves (highly nutritious and a great favorite among sheep) were in front of him, untouched. A good friend and I were recently talking about Porter’s death. I have been shepherding for sixteen years, and she has had […]