|Our First Hoof Trim|
As with most things in my life, I learn best with practical, hands-on experience. There is nothing like having three little sheep staring at you to motivate you. Simple chores of giving shots and trimming hooves seemed like monumental tasks 10 years ago. We had read books and talked with many people, but we had never actually been in the company of sheep. The local university extension service knew us well as we sought out every course offered on animal husbandry. Within a short amount of time, we got our feet under us as new shepherds.
|Our First Sheep|
Lessons from the FlockLiving with sheep has taught us patience and perseverance in adversity, compassion and calmness, the value of observation and strength in numbers. They have taught us the beauty in life, the miracle of birth, and reverence in death. I never would have imagined all the wisdom and knowledge a little flock of sheep can impart. We have grown accustomed to living with sheep, and the lessons they teach us. We can not imagine life without them.
|Our first two lambs-Azalea and Aaron|
One Day in the Life of a Shepherd follows a shepherd through the day during lambing season.
How Our Homestead Began tells our story as beginning farmers.
Make Hay While the Sun Shines tells about feeding our sheep.
My favorite sheep/shepherding book:
Living with Sheep by Chuck Wooster