Ask the Shepherd: The Proper Way to Skirt a Fleece

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 ringlets. “One can never have enough,” I tell my husband when he asks why a box of raw fleece arrives in the mail. raw wool … Read More

Boomerang Child~Posting with Anna Goodling

She gave her daddy a boomerang for Christmas, a photograph of herself with a little smirky smile taped to the front of it. “Sorry,” she said as he opened his gift. After being away for 4 1/2 years, seeking knowledge and seeing a different part of the world, she came back – the boomerang child. She wants to experience Vermont … Read More

Beneath the Blanket of Snow

Beneath the blanket of snow that covers our farm, lush pastures rest and wait.   Winter provides one the longest stretches of time when our pastures can rest before another grazing season begins. Rotational grazing is an important component in our sustainable farm practices. Each summer and fall, we utilize rotational grazing. We subdivide each of our fields into smaller … Read More

Favorite Posts of 2016

With 2016 drawing to a close, I thought I would take a peek at which posts you gravitated to the most in 2016. So here they are: Top Shepherding Posts How Can Sheep Survive Bitter Cold Weather-with Vermont winters, our flock must withstand snow, ice, and sometimes subzero weather. Here I shared the unique qualities that allow sheep to adapt … Read More

Four Distinct Eating Habits in Sheep & the Personality Traits That Go With Them

Eating habits and personality traits seem to go hand in hand when it comes to sheep. Here are four distinctly different eating habits, and the personalities that go with them, in my flock of Gotland sheep. Social eaters enjoy the company of family and friends while eating. Food is essential to bonding and social interactions. Social eaters put the needs of others … Read More

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