Monthly Archives: September 2017

Sitting Sheep: Day Nine

The Old Lady has learned from watching sheep:

Sheep not only mingle freely with all colors together, they also live in harmony with other species. In fact, sheep and chickens help each other!

Sheep stick together. No one gets left behind.

Sheep share. They never fight for food. They even share leafy treats!

“Sheep show human beings how peaceful life can be,” mused The Old Lady.

Sitting Sheep: Day Five

Martha, 17 years old
Sammi, 1 year old

 

Jackie, 8 years old

Somebody asked The Old Lady how she would handle the sheep all by herself.

She has help: three Border Collies, bred and trained to herd sheep.

Martha is retired and wears a jacket to ward off the Idaho chill.

Jackie is an old hand and can handle any lagging lambs.

Sammi watches Jackie and learns by doing, but there isn’t enough work to keep her occupied.

It turns out that one of the hardest parts of the job is throwing the ball to keep Sammi happy.

Ewe would not believe how much energy this dog has!

Sitting Sheep: Day Four

The sheep of Meadowlark Farm are not wool sheep but hair sheep.

They do not have to be sheared; they gradually shed their hairy coats (note the “cape” on the brown ewe above).

Hair sheep not only eliminate the cost and trauma of shearing, they are resistant to parasites and tend to be better mothers.

Shepherds are reportedly flocking to hair sheep.

Who wool be next?

Sitting Sheep: Day Three

The Old Lady is relieved that lambing time is over, and no new lambs are expected while the owners are away.

Some of this year’s lambs are not quite weaned, but their moms are over the nursing thing.

The lamb will cry: “Come here, I’m hungry!”

Mom won’t move, but will answer: “No, you come to me!”

After a few days Mom won’t answer at all.

Finally Mom just walks away when the lamb tries to nurse.

Tough sheep love.

Sitting Sheep: Day One

Meadowlark Farm in Nampa, Idaho, is home to 110 sheep.

Sheep are flock animals, very social by nature, so one thing a sheeptender must do is watch out for a sheep off by itself. “A separated sheep means something is amiss,” advised Janie while training The Old Lady.

The elderly ewe shown above was very ill sometime ago. She has never fully recovered from that mysterious sickness and as a result is now a loner.

They call her VirusMom.