Transporting Sheep-The Skill of Fitting a Lamb or Two Into Your Car

  Where there is a will, there is a way. Transporting sheep is not a problem for most sheep people. They will do what it takes to bring home a new member for their flock! Kristi, of Harvest Thyme Homestead, is one of those crazy fiber folk. She is willing to travel the miles and do what others would consider … Read More

Pre-Breeding Routines

  There is a nip in the night air and the color on the distant mountains is turning from green to shades of red, orange, and gold. The change of season perpetuates the rhythms of farm life. One leads into the next. Time is marked by these rhythms and routines. Fall becomes “breeding season”, winter becomes “our slow time”, spring … Read More

The Three Distinct Phases of a Gotland Fleece

Having nearly completed my third winter with Gotland sheep, I find I am still learning about this wonderful breed of sheep. Gotland sheep originate on Gotland island where the weather is a little more temperate than on our farm in Vermont. Our winters are longer, more snowy, and colder. Gotlands are now scattered across North America, living in all kinds … Read More

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

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