The Heart Work of Shepherding

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  shepherding ~ a person who tends and rears sheep. The past two weeks have been one of those heart wrenching times when shepherding has not been easy, when the tears flow gently. The dictionary makes the job of shepherding sound so cut and dry, so black and white. It does not talk about the heart work of shepherding-the clinging … Read More

Helpful Tips for Shepherds During Lambing

Phew! Despite the whirl wind of activity the past two weeks, I have learned two helpful tips for shepherds this lambing season. Our lambing began on March 15, one day after our big snowstorm, and ended this past Wednesday. The day before the storm, we worked feverishly to tighten up our old barn. With lambs due any day, and wind … Read More

How to Make an Old Drafty Barn Weather Tight

Last week, Stella hit our farm with force. Weather maps had been mapping her path as she geared up to be our “biggest snow storm of the season”. Reports for 40 mph winds and frigid subzero degree temperatures put us on high alert. We expected lambs to begin arriving on the cusp of the storm. We had to figure out … Read More

Three Things to Love About Gotlands – Part III

This is the last of a three part series on three things to love about Gotlands. I have shared their fun loving and playful personalities and their sweet and loving dispositions. It is the third trait, however, that brings more laughter to our farm, their sense of curiosity. Things to love about Gotlands – Sense of Curiosity The dictionary defines curiosity as: … Read More

Three Things to Love About Gotlands – Part II

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 … Read More

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