Category Archives: Illnesses

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 […]

Dealing with oppressive heat

The last few days have not only seen very high temperatures for Iowa, but when combined with the humidity, the heat has been oppressive. Worse yet, the night-time lows have remained around eighty, meaning that our sheep can’t even cool off at night – the very worst of hot weather in the Midwest. This type […]

Pip

When a sheep is sick, it can be a bit of a puzzle — they have no way to let us know where the problem lies or how they feel. Even worse, as prey animals, they tend to hide their discomfort or illness until they can no longer do so. By the time their human […]