We were blessed with 10 baby lambs this year, each one is cuter than the other. But as cute as they are, they are not always friendly, especially as babies. And that makes it hard to manage them especially when we have to move them from one pasture to another. Moving the sheep can vary as to the degree of difficulty and/or success.
Earlier in the week, we decided it was necessary to move the sheep from the “horse” pasture to the main pasture. The weather had suddenly turned hot and the shelter in the main pasture is bigger with more protection from the hot sun. For the most part sheep stay together because of their “herd mentality. If they stick together, it’s a whole lot easier to move them. If they don’t, well, you can see from the video below that it can be somewhat chaotic.
We do have dogs that help us with moving the sheep. But they are older and not well trained. But I can’t put the blame on them. They do what they think is expected of them and if the direction isn’t clear, then they are confused.
Herding sheep looks easy when it’s done right – by someone else. I couldn’t believe how hard it was the first time I did it. So many things to pay attention to and so many things that I’m supposed to control. Things can change quickly.
We are lucky; compared to larger farms, we have very few sheep, and we don’t have a lot of distance between pastures. So even when things don’t go smoothly, we always manage to get the sheep where they need to be. The sheep are happy, the dogs are happy, and I’m always glad to have the job done.