There is not much of a perimeter fence remaining on the winter pasture where the flock is grazing. That fence line is the last stretch we have to change out from electric high tensile fence, to new woven-wire fencing. We need to replace some corner posts and the current high tensile wire is loose which means sheep can walk through the fence if they want to. That’s how they came into the yard area the other day.
In the deep cold weather they don’t venture really far. On milder days they definitely go further but are not leaving the pasture. It is only a matter of time before they do though. During any other season they would be leaving. Snow and short days are on our side for now, and the ewes are very routine in the winter; they return to the bedding area every night. In the summer this is not the case.
Speaking of routine, mine has been lightly sidetracked as I prepare for a presentation to our provincial sheep symposium. It is a small event that takes place this weekend. I’ve been practicing my talk on the Kelpies - being stuck indoors with me they have little choice in the matter but are keeping their comments to themselves.