Farming, Life and Death – The Intrepid Shepherdess

Farming, Life and Death – The Intrepid Shepherdess

The celebration of life is very much part of farming. For me, the joy comes during lambing and from the amount of media attention this annual event receives, many who may not be directly associated with a farm, take part with me, albeit from a distance. What is less...
Incredible Instinct – The Intrepid Shepherdess

Incredible Instinct – The Intrepid Shepherdess

Maremmas, Italian mountain dogs, are a working breed, going out with the sheep in Italy for days at time and in the absence of any human intervention, looking after the flocks on their own. They don’t herd like a Border Collie. They just protect against predators....
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...

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