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Life on the Farm

by Diane Morris - 2008

We live on a 27-acre farm in the northwest of England. On our farm we have a fold of eight Highland cattle, a flock of 94 Herdwick and Hebridean sheep, seven native ponies, geese, chicks, peahens, pot bellied pig, cats, and the most valued member of the team, Pip, our working Bearded collie bitch, who manages to keep all our livestock in order.

Pip was bought before we lived on the farm; she was initially a house dog who was from an excellent bloodline of working parentage. This proved to be valuable when we moved to our farm. Considering she had never worked livestock before, it was amazing to see this young dog's instincts to herd and pen the chickens without any training. The chickens were the first to arrive other than the horses which we already owned. Next came the sheep and Pip could hardly hold back; she knew what she had been bred for. She instinctively knew what she had to do. At first her stock management was a little out of control due to her sheer excitement. As the weeks progressed, with some training for Pip and myself from a good friend who has his own sheep, our shepherding improved with a much more controlled attitude towards work. This little dog progressed on to larger livestock—our fold of Highland cattle. We hope you will visit our Working pages.



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