Shepherding Camp in Pictures

by Susan on November 4, 2012

We had five intrepid Shepherding Campers this year. They were complete novices, but game for anything, and they learned so much this weekend. They will leave here today knowing how to catch a sheep, trim a hoof, and  give oral medicines. They understand why fencing is the most expensive part of starting a farm, and the kind of work that goes into installing a fence that will keep sheep and goats in and predators out.  [Thanks to Amy and Paul for letting us work on your new fence on Saturday!] \

The thing I always want Shepherding Campers to leave here with is a realistic view of what it takes to raise sheep for wool, the kind of work they can expect to do, the time commitments and the toll it can take on your heart. I also want them to understand what a rewarding life caring for these creatures can be, how gentle the sheep are, how funny (and vexing) the goats can be.

This was a great group of campers. I can assuredly say that Ellen, Dave, Shelly, Alyson and Amy will all make great shepherds, if they decided to go ahead with their plans.

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1 Alyson (not camp Alyson) November 4, 2012 at 8:20 am

it’s a sign! So few people spell their name like I spell my name – and she attended shepherding camp. I think I’m going to eventually have some crazy animals. Woot.

2 Diane November 4, 2012 at 8:36 am

Is that Cini? It looks to have been an exhausting weekend. :-)

3 Anna November 4, 2012 at 9:21 am

I’m sure Amy did not mind at all to have a bit of fencing help. :) Glad you had a great camp!

4 rona thau November 4, 2012 at 11:52 am

yay shepherding campers
looks like a fun filled work weekend
learning new stuff with great people is the way to go.
thanks for sharing pics and stuff; at least it’s a little vicarious living experience.

love
rona

5 Diane Shepherd-in-the-making November 4, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Ah, yes! I remember it well!

Can’t believe it was only 1 short year ago I was there for the first one.

Bravo!

6 fran November 4, 2012 at 6:53 pm

And that you help each other, another lesson from the farm. looks like you had ideal weather! Love the pics and thanks for the post!

7 Amy P. November 5, 2012 at 10:50 am

Great pics! I like the two on one hoof trim shot with Cammie watching the action :)

8 Julie (Erin's Mom) November 6, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Great picture of the granddog! Thanks

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