JUST ANNOUNCED: SUMMER HERDING WEEKEND DATES:
MAY 12/13 JUNE 16/17 JULY 21/22 AUG 11/12 SEPT 22/23 OCT 13/14
When we arrived in PEI in 2010, we brought with us 18 sheep to start our new flock on the Island. Here it is, just 2 years later, and this week we finished lambing with a record breaking number of 25 lambs, with not a single loss, and only 3 assists. I have written and rewritten this blog post several times, because it seems that every time I go to post, we have another lamb! Needless to say, these are exciting times for Pembroke Farm! Happily, most of the lambs are twins, with the exception of the Shetland offspring, which are mostly singles. We are seeing a nice balanced selection of rams to ewes, blacks to whites. We even had one little “smuttynose” ram lamb born, who is reminiscent of the “magic lamb” born last year. His little brown nose, brown ear spots and brown eye rings make him easy to pick out in the crowd. His mama, Mica, is ever so proud and never leaves his side. I am impressed with these Shetland mamas. They are fiercely devoted to their lambs, and pop them out with no trouble at all. I was shearing a group of them the other day, and while I was in the middle of one, I heard a grunting, and looked over to see one of the Shetlands in labor. By the time I had finished shearing, a beautiful little ram lamb lay in the corner next to the chicken who was laying an egg! Of course, it was hard to tell which came first, the lamb or the egg!
Along with lambing, shearing is now done, and the fleeces look better than ever. We are really looking forward to the opening of “The Sheep Shop” in June, where we will be selling a wide variety of “all things wool” for the summer months, including our fleeces and handcrafted wool things. Right now, I’m busily making little woolen fairies for those small visitors, and plan to start making hats as soon as the final edits of Dancing with Sheepdogs is finished. Now that lambing is over, it should be soon.
The field is virtually free of snow now, and folks have been arriving for herding lessons once again. It’s a bit muddy, but the new yearlings are full of mischief and have been lots of fun for those folks getting into some early herding! The round pen is still a bit icy, but we’ve been enjoying some lovely and challenging open field work.
We have some dates listed above for Summer Herding Weekends. We’ll only be able to take 7 dogs total, so email me soon at email@example.com if you’re interested in joining in the fun!