Shetland Sheep: Rich in History, Rich in Textiles

Shetland Sheep: Rich in History, Rich in Textiles! Our farm mission is to enjoy and promote the wonderful diversity of the Shetland breed by fully utilizing to the best of our ability all they have to offer historically. We believe the best preservation and management of this breed includes it's full spectrum of history. We encourage old and new shepherds alike to join in the fun by engaging in fiber arts, especially spinning and knitting, as this breed is so intimately linked with those aspects of the arts.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Sweet Shepherd Sounds

Sweet Sounds

How could any shepherd be without one of these?  This farm tool is so ancient, so useful, so irreplaceable.  It covers nearly all time.  How many historic farmhouses have had one of these hanging around?

Well, this old farmhouse still has one.  It's still useful, still needed, and still kept handy.  Every new sheep that comes here, wears one, unless they come in a group, in which case, the leader of the group wears it.  One day, it was a lifesaver.  New sheep can get away from you sometimes.  In June, when the grasses are tall, that can be a problem for little Shetlands!   As the sheep panics and runs around, they don't always call out for the flock.  Fear makes them stay quiet sometimes, but still running, searching for the rest.  Shetlands are small.  Their hooves do not make the earth sound like thunder.  A wise shepherd listens for the bell.  The tinkling of the bell tells you where to send the dog.  Thank goodness for bells!  A found sheep is a very good day.  Later, when the sheep is acclimated to the farm and your flock's way of life, the bell can be removed.  Someone will carefully carry it back up to the house for safekeeping, back on it's nail, back in it's place, waiting for the next time of need.  

While the world might be changing, some things never change.

Speaking of bells....CLANG the bells!  We have a very big announcement coming!!!!!!!  Stay tuned to find out what it is!

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