Playtime for Lambs

In the evenings, the lambs get playful. Yesterday, I had left the bucket I used to haul water sitting in the paddock. After filling the hay feeders, I went back to get the bucket and found the lambs having fun with it.     Finally, the hens in the barnyard could not resist any longer. They had to come over … Read More

Vermont’s First Gotland Lambs

As I flew west to visit my daughter in college, a new lamb arrived to our farm. I knew the night before I left that the ewe would soon deliver. She had that motherly look in her eye. My husband and son played tag team to keep an eye on her all day. As my son left for baseball practice … Read More

The Dance of the Shearer

Shearing-an annual ritual on every sheep farm-where sheep fall still in the hands of the shearer and wool falls to the floor in thick blankets. Shearer works with confidence and ease, talking to the sheep as clippers buzz, balancing between knees and carefully placed feet. Ewe sits, completely trusting the hands of the shearer. Onlookers wonder at the rhythm of … Read More

Ask the Shepherd~Starting Your Own Sheep Farm

Welcome to the first official post in my “Ask the Shepherd” monthly feature. The best place to start in most things is at the beginning, so my first post is dedicated to those who work full time jobs, but dream of owning their own fiber farm one day. It can be difficult to know where to begin. Here is an … Read More

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