Hello! I’m Kim, shepherd at VT Grand View Farm, and this is my over exuberant border collie named Kai. An idea came to me while walking Kai one day. New shepherds and fiber artists often ask me questions about animal husbandry and fiber preparation. I thought it may be helpful to create a monthly feature to share this information with all of my readers. I have also come across some wonderful shepherds that I would love to introduce to you through this monthly feature. So come back and visit each month, bring along your cup of tea and knitting, and learn about raising sheep.
Keep In Mind: I am not a vet, and I am not a sheep expert. My advice will reflect my personal experiences raising sheep on a sustainable family farm. I advise people to develop a relationship with their local vet, seek advice from multiple sources (vet, mentors, and books), and then follow what makes sense for your situation.
Where to send your questions: You may send your questions to me via a blog post comment, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So let’s get started! I look forward to hearing from you and sharing my experiences of living with sheep.
Here are some previous posts to get you started on your own flock of sheep…
Ask the Shepherd The song and dance of breeding season has begun on our farm! As the days shorten and the temperatures drop, ewes begin to cycle and the rams begin to pine away at... Read More
Keeping fleeces clean is one of the most difficult challenges to combat on a sheep farm, and it all centers around chore time. Who would ever think that feeding sheep would be one of the... Read More
Nature brings most lambs from the womb into this world with ease, filling lambing pens with new life. Ewes care for their young, bonding with them, loving them, and nourishing them. On occasion though, what... Read More
Curls…lustrous gray Gotland curls…that’s what spinners and felters are so eager to get hold of. Though I raise my own Gotland sheep, I too have ventured beyond my own flock in search of these silver... Read More
Last year, I gave you three gift ideas for the shepherd in your life. I thought I would add to that list for those of you still doing your holiday shopping. So here goes: Lamb... Read More
Recently, I received a phone call from someone needing some help re-homing their 8 month old border collie. They had purchased the dog thinking it would be a good companion for their son, but have... Read More
Recently, someone sent me an email asking a question about grazing: Is it true that when sheep graze a field, they bite down to the nub of the forage and leave nothing left of the grazed... Read More
When we were on Gotland island, one shepherd we visited with, kept saying, “Gotlands are smart sheep.” He told story after story of the many different ways his flock of Gotlands have shown him just... Read More
Scrapie is a fatal, degenerative disease affecting the central nervous system of sheep and goats. There is no cure and there is no treatment for scrapie, though scientists around the world are searching hard for... Read More
A few weeks ago, someone asked me the following question: Many of the short-tailed breeds are able to be “rooed” yearly due to a natural rise in their wool. Do you know if Gotlands could do... Read More