(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.