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Practical Shepherding Tips

Corraling sheep in a small space and keeping timely records are two tips to help you master shepherding.

(From "Shepherding for Superior Wool" by Cherie Langlois)

Here are some tips from the pros:

1. Corral sheep in the smallest space available at shearing or at vaccination time.  “In a small space, you can reach out and grab the one you want with a minimum of fuss,” says Judy Taylor.

2. Keep timely records.  “Record things as they happen; definitely the same day,” advises Robin Nistock.

3. Get a herding dog.  “It’s so much easier to control sheep with a dog instead of a bucket of grain,” says Dee Heinrich.

4.  Check out hair sheep if you don’t have the time or inclination to deal with wool.  “Hair sheep tend to be more parasite-resistant and heat-tolerant, and their lambs are more vigorous when they’re born,” says Paul Walker.

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