Category: Our Sheepdogs at Work

  • Gathering sheep in glorious October sun!

    Gathering sheep in glorious October sun!

    Kay and Carew both put in a good performance at Dean Farm After the sheep gather was delayed by two days of really wet weather, we were rewarded with bright sunshine at Dean Farm today. Kay and Carew worked very well together. In this picture they’re driving a flock of ewes towards the railway bridge on […]

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  • Eve at the Pen – Sheepdog Training Video

    Eve at the Pen – Sheepdog Training Video

    Getting sheep into a tight spot, and then getting them out again, needs confidence and control Practising any particular technique, time and time again, becomes boring for handler and dog, so don’t be afraid to tackle something new with your young dog, even if you think he might not be quite ready. There’s no harm […]

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  • Carew’s Impressive Outruns at Dean Farm!

    Carew’s Impressive Outruns at Dean Farm!

    “Rudi” (as I often call her) did the entire gather by herself today! As I drove to Dean Farm at dawn this morning, I decided to let Kay do the longer outruns for a change. Kay’s taken something of a back seat in recent weeks and I thought it only fair to give her the […]

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  • Farm Dog vs Trials Dog?

    Farm Dog vs Trials Dog?

    Was Carew right to disobey me? I’ve looked forward to Penybont Sheepdog Trial for some months now. It’s a delightful setting with a friendly atmosphere. The sheep are good, the field’s reasonably straightforward, and once the sheep are in the exhaust pen, they’re well out of sight for other competing dogs. A slight complication is […]

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  • A New Challenge for Carew!

    A New Challenge for Carew!

    Sheep hiding amongst cattle can be difficult to separate! There was a new challenge in store for the dogs yesterday, when we gathered sheep at Dean Farm. The regular gather and drafting of lambs went off without incident. I gave Carew a left-hand outrun, which meant she needed to find a gap in a fence […]

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  • Welcome to our Trials Team, Remus!

    Welcome to our Trials Team, Remus!

    Remus has earned his place in our trials team at last! For some time now I’ve been looking for a good dog to replace Kay in sheepdog trials. Now that she’s getting older, Kay seems to be finding the finesse of sheepdog trials a little tiresome. If the outrun’s quite long, by the time she […]

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  • Carew’s declared fit for Evesham Sheepdog Trial!

    Carew’s declared fit for Evesham Sheepdog Trial!

    She seems sound again now, so we’ll give it a go! After her cattle herding escapade last Sunday, Carew went lame, and we were worried that she might not be fit to run in the Evesham sheepdog trials this weekend. Several careful examinations failed to reveal any sign of injury, foreign body or obvious inflammation […]

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  • Dave stands in for Carew gathering sheep

    Dave stands in for Carew gathering sheep

    Dave learns more than how to gather a flock Late yesterday afternoon I had a call from our landlord, John, asking me to gather the sheep for him at Dean Farm today. He wanted to check over the entire flock as he suspected some had fly strike. Fly strike is dreaded by sheep farmers worldwide. […]

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