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The season of deliveries

Shepherding is cyclic, shifting with the seasons throughout the year. The heavy-duty work of lambing gives way to a period of growth, during which we ensure that each and every one of our lambs remains healthy and happy as they grow into the best version of their genetics. This period is one of evaluating, vaccinating, […]

A close call

I have mentioned in previous blogs that a shepherd must be vigilant during this time of year. Not only are most of the ewes entering their last trimester of gestation (considered a high-risk period when preterm abortions are possible), but here they are in full fleece, which can throw off their balance — especially in […]

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 […]

Romney changes

Every summer our flocks undergo a metamorphosis. I say flocks because in this instance we run two separate groups: a Romeldale/CVM flock and a Romney flock. At some point between May and September, part of my role as shepherdess is to determine the future direction of these flocks: who stays and who goes; and if […]