Thursday, May 10, 2018

How we move DA sheep (and more!)

I thought it might be interesting to show a close-up of one of the main chores we have on the farm. We call it "running line." Running individual paddocks for the animals allows us to rotationally graze our animals. (To understand why "newer school" farmers are choosing this method, visit this link from John's website: here.) 

When we first got the farm, JB would go out and run all this line himself. It is back-breaking work, and would leave him exhausted and us missing him. Now that the kids are a tad older, we have gotten the whole family involved. We almost always go out all six of us and do the work in a fraction of a time. We can get a new paddock set up in about 15-30 minutes with the help of the kids. 

This is something that they help with at least 3-4 times a week on the farm. They know they will not be out there long, we try to do it when it is cool, and we give random rewards for hard workers. :)

Anyways, here is a video demonstrating the technique: 

And just because I'm already posting videos, here's one that got cut off showing some of our house updates:

And since I like to do things in three's, here is a video of the puppies opening their eyes!!

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