A hard day's work
Posted 03 June 2007 - 02:04 PM
We were trying to gather a group of 1,000 ewes from a spread in ND with 5,000 sheep total. They're normally in bands of 1,000 spread out over this vast property. After hours on horseback, four wheelers and gators searching unsuccessfully for the group, they finally went up in a plane to locate them. As it turns out, they had gotten in with another group of 1,000, so for reference this is a flock of 2,000 sheep.
In the blanket of sheep pictured below, there were three dogs working gathering and directing the sheep to the gate. There's one dog visible on the middle right. I don't know if it's my dog or not. Note the large crevasse in the front of the shot. The terrain was quite rough in places. We were using four wheelers and gators but only the dogs could get to the sheep in many places. So much for four wheelers taking the place of dogs...
Here's a closer picture of my dog, Mick, from the scene above:
This is at the main facility where the dogs were pushing the sheep into a pen area to where the sorting chutes were. I think we were using two dogs for this. Mick is the one in the middle.
Here's Mick waiting for the sheep to be released after they're been worked through the chutes so he can take them back out to the field:
On the way out (Mick lower right):
Taking the sheep down the road back to the field with the help of a gator. This was around a half mile to a mile away but the sheep were happy enough to go back so I think Mick was the only dog we used:
The sheep finally back in the field at sunset:
Posted 03 June 2007 - 02:48 PM
Lilly, Jack, Alex , Will & Slider
Posted 03 June 2007 - 03:20 PM
We are still learning to use our camera. We are going to Oregon at the end of month which will be a great time to practice...also taking pictures of dogs/sheep as we will attend one day of a trial while we are there!!!
Again, great shots...it really gives you an appreciation for these dogs.
Keegan & Tess
Maizy, Amos & Sophie - the cats
Posted 03 June 2007 - 03:34 PM
I really love to see herding dogs at work.
Posted 03 June 2007 - 03:49 PM
Posted 03 June 2007 - 06:38 PM
Celt, Megan, and Dan
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Posted 03 June 2007 - 07:31 PM
Absolutely breathtaking! Thank you for sharing them. What was the purpose for gathering the large flock? Once they were put in the chutes, were you vaccinating? Or sorting them for something? I would love to be able to work a group of that size.
Posted 03 June 2007 - 08:24 PM
Some day I want a farm like that. OK, now I just have to go win the lottery...
Dangerous Dreams Farm
Posted 03 June 2007 - 08:45 PM
Thank you for posting those.
Posted 03 June 2007 - 09:59 PM
That's amazing! Thanks for sharing the pictures!
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Posted 03 June 2007 - 10:28 PM
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Posted 03 June 2007 - 11:50 PM
Posted 04 June 2007 - 12:48 AM
The last picture is my favorite. That is the life, peace at the end of a hard days work with a good dog.
Thanks so much for sharing. It made my night.
Posted 04 June 2007 - 06:57 AM
I'm jealous. Renee and I had fun moving 250 sheep from the novice field to the open field for the top 20 day at Bluegrass; 1000 sheep sound like a great learning experience for both dog(s) and handler(s).
Gyp, Peg, Bette, Nell, BJ, Tally, & Eve
Posted 04 June 2007 - 07:12 AM
( Could anyone could tell me what a gator is.... ?! )
Thanks for asking this...I wondered, too. I figured it's some kind of off-road vehicle thingy?
Lilly, Jack, Alex , Will & Slider
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