It was mid morning at a small town in New York, just over the Vermont border, locals whizzed by on their way to work, grabbing their coffee at the corner shop. We waited in the parking lot for a woman from Oregon named Heather, whom we had never met, driving a truck with a livestock trailer in tow. We, as well as others, had entrusted her with our sheep, to provide safe passage as she crossed the United States, providing sheep transport from coast to coast. Heather had driven practically nonstop to make the trip in 5 days time.
We stood with two other Gotland sheep breeders, one from Maine and one from Massachusetts, sharing stories, laughing, and checking phones for any final word from Heather on her arrival time. New England would be Heather’s last stop before heading west again,and it just so happened that Gotland sheep were the focus of her last drop off. While this sleepy little town went about their Tuesday morning workday, we sorted sheep, putting them into their prospective vehicles for their ride to their final destinations.
Once all the sheep were in their proper places, Heather gave us the health certificates for our sheep, and we sent her on her way with some New England treasures, Allagash Beer from Maine and maple syrup from Vermont. I can not think of a better way to start my day!