One ‘Bourne’ Every Minute – The Intrepid Shepherdess

One ‘Bourne’ Every Minute – The Intrepid Shepherdess

Southdown wool duvets are flame retardant and are formally certified as such. But the test results were not the first time I came across this amazing physical property in wool. Nothing like a hands on experience to bring the message home. It all happened 8 years ago...
Is It Cruel To Shear Sheep? – The Intrepid Shepherdess

Is It Cruel To Shear Sheep? – The Intrepid Shepherdess

No – in fact, shearing is such an essential element of good animal husbandry, if you don’t do it, the sheep will die a miserable, painful death. Sheep grow thick wool fleeces – fact. These fleeces attract blow flies especially in summer – another unavoidable fact....
The Cat Who Got The Cream – The Intrepid Shepherdess

The Cat Who Got The Cream – The Intrepid Shepherdess

My household uses a lot of milk. I drink a lot of tea as do all the folk who help me here on the farm. My dogs love milk and I claim to make the most delicious milk tart in Devon – a richly satisfying teatime treat considered a South African national treasure. But...
Mother of All Measures – The Intrepid Shepherdess

Mother of All Measures – The Intrepid Shepherdess

“Is there anything about farming you cannot stand?” I asked Robert, my new neighbour 12 years ago, sitting around his farm house kitchen table. I had just bought the farm next door and suddenly the reality of what I had rather rashly taken on was dawning on me. Robert...
Canine Crazy – The Intrepid Shepherdess

Canine Crazy – The Intrepid Shepherdess

I came to this country in 1983 and one of the things that struck me most about it, apart from the inevitable weather conversation with everyone from family through to total stranger, and the vast variety of potatoes, was how much the British love their dogs. The good...
Favouring Fleece Over Lamb Chops – The Intrepid Shepherdess

Favouring Fleece Over Lamb Chops – The Intrepid Shepherdess

It has taken me 10 years to realise that I am more a wool producer than I am a sheep farmer. For the typical commercial sheep farmer, the animals they raise annually are the core of their business as they send them off to market when they come to condition or sell...

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