Tag Archives: llamas


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 […]

More on meningeal worms

On Friday I blogged about a fellow shepherdess who had one of her new ewe lambs stricken by meningeal worms, a terrible parasite that destroys tissues of the central nervous system in ruminants such as sheep, llamas, alpacas, goats, and elk. I think it is important for shepherds to better understand this very dangerous adversary […]

Howie’s hill

We keep four llamas as guards for our sheep, usually putting one with each group: ewe lambs, ram lambs, ewes, and rams. At different times of year, these groups may or may not be in different pastures. For example, we currently have all of the lambs grazing together, and that then means that there are […]

An intruder

It was about 1:00 AM two nights ago when Rick was awakened by a loud noise outside our house. This particular haunting screech is not one we hear often. An intruder will often send our llamas into alarm mode, sounding out a  “Whoop, whoop, whoop!” that very much gets across the idea of an alarm […]