We do a tour tomorrow for international beef and sheep conference attendees. Attendees are individuals from different countries and the focus of their conference is cost of production, so that will be the starting point of discussion. The group will visit our place (low input, grass based) and also visit an intensive sheep operation (high input, no grass base). I have a few notes prepared but otherwise we have done enough tours now that I know to expect, and accept, that tours are always a bit of a surprise in some fashion and you can never be sure where the conversation will go. Often, at some point or another, the conversation steers toward dogs because we can’t do a tour here without someone taking notice of one dog or another.
We will take the group to a pasture hilltop overlooking where the flock is and begin discussion there. When a group of people show up on pasture I’m pretty sure the guardian dogs will make their presence known and perhaps take over for us :-).
Speaking of guardian dogs, here’s the other rare photo that I chickened out showing you on the last post - a picture of myself with all seven guardian dogs in the photo as well. Shy as I am about photos I handed Allen the camera and insisted he take one. The white building photo bombing in the background is our one and only sheep building/shearing shed. It’s a long way away but the camera makes it look near.