Herding with almost the whole family

We had Tykki's brother Svensson and mother Miina for a visit today, along with Saimi who is the breeder's Catalan sheepdog. Tykki's cousin Hilma also popped in for a short while. The only one missing from the family was the third brother Taffy.

I fetched the sheep to the round pen with Petsu, who showed really nice self control. The sheep are still quite light, but we managed to get them into the pen in good shape.

Round pen exercises

Yesterday we decided that it is time to get rid of the long line and start doing some round pen exercises. We have a pen which is about 10 meters across. I moved the sheep to the pen with Petsu, which took a little while since the sheep were not quite sure what the whole thing was about. Then it was Tykki's turn to move the sheep around a bit in the pen, and that went very nicely. He was keen but not overly excited, and started moving around the perimeter with a little guidance.

First week with the sheep


We have had summer sheep for two years now, but this year the sheep are here to stay. We have six of them, all ewes. Four are Kainuu Grays, a rare Finnish breed, one is a Finn sheep and one is a Finn-Dorset cross. The stock owner we bought them from has a young border collie, but she does not herd with the dog (yet, at least). However, the dog has been with her when she feeds or otherwise tends to the sheep, so they are used to dogs.

Lampaat kesäkuussa 2007

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Lampaat kesäkuussa 2007

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Vauhdikas vajaa viikko

Kesannon koirilla ja ihmisillä on ollut kiireitä.
Viime viikko puunattiin mustia, Petsua ja Tykkiä, erkkaria varten. Pestiin ja takutettiin useampina iltoina, onneksi sentään käydään silloin tällöin näyttelyssä, että tulee tehtyä koirien siistimistä tosi hyvään kuntoon. Putney pääsi vähällä, tällä kertaa, mutta seuraavien lämpimien päivien aikaan täytyy lyhentää herran irokeesi ja palauttaa harjahyeena partacollieksi.

Lampaat tulevat...

Laidun pukkaa jo heinää siihen malliin, että alkaa olla korkea aika lampaiden päästä sitä syömään. Käyn hakemassa ne reilun viikon päästä, neljä kainuunharmasta ja pari suomenlammasta.

Kesanto alkuperäisessä asussaan

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Tykki rakkaalla kivellään

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Putney

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