N-Ewes from Hopeful Shetlands

Thursday, August 14, 2008


I can't believe that summer is coming to an end. I have been very busy here and nail biting waiting to see if the rain will ever stop so that my neighbour can cut hay. We are still waiting on second cut when normally they would be thinking about third cut hay. I lost a lamb to bloat one day while I was at work. With all the rains come the mixed blessing of lush pasture and too little roughage. I have been supplementing with dry hay on really wet days and this seems to be working well. Many thanks to my friend Bill, who generously gave me his dogs Nick and Kayla to protect my sheep from further coyote attacks. After the initial settling in period and knowing that Rueben could not go in with them, they settled nicely. I worked with Jackie Church, from New York State, who raises maremmas and Rueben is now trained and guards my ram flock. I have included photos of all the dogs and some photos of the sheep and the beautiful sky. Enjoy


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