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  • Featured tutorial – Why Your Dog Should Flank Both Ways

    Photo of Mossie working sheep

    It’s important that your dog will flank both ways around the stock For day-to-day farming tasks you might be able to work around your dog’s shortcomings, but when the unexpected happens (as it surely will) you, your dog, or more likely your sheep, will run into trouble if the dog is reluctant to flank freely […]

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  • Watch Dulcie Working at Dean Farm Early Today

    Herding sheepdog Dulcie controlling a yard crowded with sheep

    Follow Dulcie as she gathers a flock of sheep in the open field, and then takes them to the farm, where she guides them through the ‘sorting race’ so that the lambs which are ready for market can be ‘drafted out’. Dulcie works quickly and calmly as she brings the flock from the field into […]

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  • Dulcie’s First Gather in Over Three Months

    Since the Covid-19 outbreak, we’ve been confined to working the dogs at Kings Green, so today’s outing to Dean Farm was very welcome – and Dulcie didn’t disappoint us! On a glorious June morning, Dulcie gathered the sheep effortlessly. Her outrun has improved considerably since we last visited Dean Farm. Here, she’s moving the flock […]

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  • Cammen Kay – our unsung hero?

    Lovely portrait photo of Kay in the snow

    Quietly in the background, with no fuss or bluster, we didn’t always give Kay her due! When we bought Kay, at about one year old, our intention was to train her but not, necessarily, to keep her forever. Yet I think Kay is probably the only dog we haven’t ever suggested we could sell. When […]

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  • Sometimes I Really Miss Carew!

    Sheepdog Carew standing on a tree stump - looking wonderful!

    Since Carew left here, Kay’s hearing has deteriorated badly, and occasionally we’re stuck for a skilled dog It’s hard to believe that it’s nearly two years since Carew left here and to be honest, there have been a few occasions when I’ve wished she was still here. One such occasion was only a week or […]

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  • Jet Joins the Dean Farm Set!

    Trainee sheep and cattle herding dog Jet, calmly holding a dozen sheep in the corner of a yard

    Jet’s right on the ball with her first gather at Dean Farm With her mother Kay being out of action because she’s “in season” at the moment (Kay’s one of those females who’s work is sometimes affected by her seasons) it seemed like a good time to let young Jet try her paw at some […]

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  • “They’re Behind You”!

    Photo of herding sheepdog Mo looking towards the camera. Behind her are two lambs.

    Little Mo doesn’t realise the lambs are behind her! Two years ago today we were helping Ian and Ruth Morris to gather sheep at Middle Hill Farm in Shropshire when I saw Mo looking very pleased with herself and not realising that two lambs were standing immediately behind her. As it happened, it didn’t matter […]

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