Last week I began a series on three things to love about Gotlands. Gotland sheep are great for family farms. Their personalities make them easy keepers and a joy to be around. In my first post, I shared with you their playfulness and sense of adventure. Today, we will see their desire to converse and form a bond with their shepherd.
Things to Love About Gotlands – Personable and Loving
Gotland sheep have a desire to form a bond with their shepherd and converse with them. From a very young age, the lambs will come to me and want to be loved. They will press their bodies against me to get my attention. Whenever we have guests in the barnyard, the Gotland lambs will come over and want to converse with us. It is as if they want to start a conversation with you.
Last spring, a knitting group came to visit the farm. We put hay bales in the barn for the women to sit on while they visited with the new lambs. The lambs bounced around at their feet wanting to be picked up. The lambs just relax in your arms and enjoy getting to know you.
Last summer, while a reporter was visiting the farm to collect facts for an article she was writing about farmstays, two of our lambs enjoyed getting to know her. They followed her all around the paddock and when she knelt down to take notes, they came up to her as if to say, “don’t you want to interview us?!”
Now, almost a year later, the young ewes still come over to chat while I am doing chores or when we are doing a photography shoot in the barnyard.
Next week, I will share one more trait to love in Gotland sheep! Which traits do you love in your sheep?