Musings from a shepherd Archives - Page 2 of 3 - Raising The Baa
February 22, 2013

How are you smelling today?

Smell is alleged to be our strongest sense and will often anchor a strong connection to an emotion, place or person. Some strong ones for me […]
December 23, 2012

Are you watching your flock – really watching?

“While shepherds watch their flocks by night all seated on the ground…” Most of us know the words to this popular Christmas carol. It is amazing […]
November 16, 2012

How much is that doggie in the….?

Just recently the UK record was broken for the price paid for a working sheepdog at an auction – £8,300.  Many shepherds would clearly not be […]
October 23, 2012

Do you only follow on Twitter?

Some people say (quite understandably perhaps!) that sheep are silly as they will all jump one after the other off a cliff. Why do sheep do […]
October 3, 2012

Can you read the baa-code?

It is time to move the sheep to their winter grazing and sorting out which ones have the best breeding potential. Like most things in the […]
September 14, 2012

To follow or not to follow?

Words from ‘guest’ blogger Caroline aka Bo-Peep There’s a lovely behaviour on Twitter known as ‘follow Friday’ or #ff to use tweet-speak. The idea is that […]
September 12, 2012

What kind of ram are you in business?

When walking in the countryside this weekend we passed a field of sheep and soon realised that the farmer was planning for lambing at Christmas, having […]
September 10, 2012

Why Don’t Sheep Shrink In The Rain?

With the British summer as it has been, the sheep are spending more time wet than dry, so why is it they don’t shrink like our woollen […]
September 8, 2012

Wet Wet Wet

It’s official – the British summer in 2012 has seen the highest rainfall on record! As per the 80s band it’s been wet wet wet. More like winter […]
September 7, 2012

Is your system working for you?

I will never forget the first time I sheared a sheep. I knew what to do and even so, it took me 45 minutes to do. […]
September 6, 2012

Is it the goals scored or the penalties missed that count?

Just like kicking a football around, when we are shearing we have a great deal of fun. It is very much a team effort with everybody […]
September 5, 2012

Roll over and die. Are sheep so silly?

Unbelievable as it is yes. They can just do that. It is because they have no choice. What do I mean? At this time of year […]
September 4, 2012

What has the price of wool got to do with washing machines?

Two years ago I sold half a tonne of wool. That is a lot of wool, some white, black, brown and some black and white. The […]
September 3, 2012

The hardest thing about shearing a sheep…

I can only imagine how the magnificent Ellie Simmonds felt when she first faced a 400m swim. I’m sure there were times when she wasn’t feeling […]
August 28, 2012

What makes a good team?

For me it has to be the shepherd and his dog. One man and his dog can do so much if they understand each other, with […]
August 21, 2012

What can the greetings card industry teach us about ‘chunks’?

After celebrating a big birthday I found it is easier to think in “chunks”. For a shepherd there are four chunks in the year. Each year can […]