We needed to check on our fly struck lambs again, which meant bringing the flock to the yard to corral them somewhere. Eager to try out our new working area we brought the ewes and lambs there. We don’t have the working race yet but we wanted to see how they would flow through the alleyway.
Until now the ewes entered a small pen at the front of the building and went directly into it. Now they enter the front pen and flow alongside the building, curving around to enter at the back, thus traveling back the direction they came from, thinking they are exiting again.
|Front pen, alleyway on right starting at the building|
Having guard dogs who always travel with them our sheep will often be lead by a guardian dog and follow them willingly. When a dog in the lead stops, so do the sheep and it can be difficult to convince the sheep to move a different direction from the dog. I got ahead of the flock and called the dogs further along at which point the sheep began to pour down the alleyway. It was a most pretty sight.
|End of alleyway, bugle on left (with gate closed), exit to two holding pens straight away|
After doing the lambs we walked the flock back to pasture and moved them to a new piece of grass. By then it was late afternoon.
The last couple weeks have been steady with building, working sheep, treating lambs and company. After we were done with the lambs and moving sheep, we felt like getting away for a few hours. We made an uncommon and spontaneous decision to drop everything for the day, fed the stock dogs early, put them up in their runs, and took off the for evening. We went to the city for a fancy supper and ended up staying for a movie. It was heaven to switch gears and turn off for awhile.