I have a new shepherd helper visiting from the big city of Hong Kong, my young niece. She was great company through many of today’s jobs.

Watching as I Feed the Doves

Watching as I Feed the Doves

We then went to feed the ram lambs who are a bit more rambunctious then the doves at feeding time.

Ram Lamb Bucket Diving

A Ram Lamb Bucket Diving

She was very brave as all the ram lambs came crowding around looking for breakfast.

Facing off a Pack of Hungry Ram Lambs.

Facing off a Pack of Hungry Ram Lambs.

The lambs all settled when we put the feed in their trough.

Counting Ram Lambs as They Feed

Counting Ram Lambs as They Feed

Next we had to go to The Welchman and his visiting ladies.

The Welchman Inspecting My Niece

The Welchman Inspecting My Niece

The orchard was beautifully dappled in the morning sun light.

Orchard in Dappled Sun Light

Orchard in Dappled Sun Light

As the visiting ladies were leaving today I had to make a small pen for all the rams to get used to each other again in; which I constructed out of pallets. So my niece and I collected pallets to build the ram’s confinement pen.

Mr. B on for the Ride

Mr. B on for the Ride

A Trailer Load of Pallets

A Trailer Load of Pallets

When I have constructed the ram pen Mr.B the Cat shepherd has to inspect the bedding to make sure all is well.

Ram Pen Inspection by the Cat Shepherd

Ram Pen Inspection by the Cat Shepherd

The next job is going up to the orchard and bringing down the Welchman and his small flock of ladies.

The Welchman & His Ladies Coming to Follow the Quad

The Welchman & His Ladies Coming to Follow the Quad

Mr.B Comes to Help as Well

Mr.B Comes to Help as Well

Once we are down in the yards I separate out the ewes and put all the rams through the run for a foot bath. Bodacious is there to over see the operation and make sure all is done well.

Watching the Ram's Have Their Foot Bath

Watching the Ram’s Have Their Foot Bath

Ok They Can Come Out Now

“Ok, They Can Come Out Now”

When I let the rams out of the foot bath I have to move them as quickly as possible into their confinement pen before any fights break out and heads get smashed.

The Welchman & Whiskey in the Ram's Pen

The Welchman & Whiskey in the Ram’s Pen

Even in the tight quarters of the pen they can still damage each other but not as badly as they might if loose with loads of space to get head banging momentum.

Whiskey Has a Blooded Head from Tornado

Whiskey Has a Blooded Head from Tornado

Finally nearly the last job of the day is getting the visiting ewes ready to depart.

Mr.B Over seeing the Foot Bathing of Departing Ewes

Mr.B Over seeing the Foot Bathing of Departing Ewes

Ok Their Feet Are Cleaned Let Them Out

“Ok, Their Feet Are Cleaned Let Them Out”

The final job of the day is catching and tagging a ewe lamb who is departing for a new home. Pippy Longstockings and the lambs Mother are a curious pair and want to know what I am doing so over see the job of tagging, transportation paper work and the ewe lamb Amelia’s breeding certificate.

Two Nosy-Parkers Trying to be Helpful

Two Nosy-Parkers Trying to be Helpful

Yes That is My Baby Amelia's Birth Certificate

Yes That is My Baby Amelia’s Birth Certificate

Amelia Ear Tagged & Ready to go to Her New Home

Amelia Ear Tagged & Ready to go to Her New Home

One Response to First Day’s Shepherding for a New Assistant

  1. What a treat for Iris to learn with her aunt life at the farm! Thank you Suzanna!

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