The Shepherd and The Sheepcote

"When dusk falls, shepherds lead their sheep to a safe place to spend the night, where wolves or other predators cannot prey on the sleeping sheep. Usually the shepherd builds a stone enclosure with a small opening and he calls the sheep one by one into the sheepcote for the night. When all the sheep are safely inside the sheepfold, he will lie down in the opening so that nothing can come in the only door to harm the sheep.

The Shepherd always protects The Sheep!"

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Our Icelandic Ewes

This is our Muffin with one of her twin lambs.  Muffin is a mouflon Icelandic and don't quote me on this as I sometimes get confused between the Shetland sheep descriptions and the Icelandic sheep ones but I believe that the mouflon is the lighter (or secondary) color that runs under their belly to up under their chin and quite often up the backside of the sheep also... as you see in the lamb that is having some lunch...such a wonderful picture!  I take a lot of ...pardon my language....BUTT SHOTS.. when trying to take pictures of the flock as you can see in the rest of the picture as we see very little of anything else!  They are so funny.  So I am especially grateful to our vocal Muffin who stood nicely for this picture.

This is our Icelandic ewe Ophelia and I love this regal picture of her.  She looks like she could be royalty. She came from a polled mother and a polled father and her twin sister is also polled and yet her she is in all her glory with her beautiful horns.  Her two lambs rest near her in this picture, one is a ram and one is a ewe.  We keep the lambs and mothers in dry lot a good share of the time when they are so little due to coyotes and other predator animals as the babies are able to crawl through the hole pattern in the cattle panels but the hog panels work pretty well in keeping them corralled.
God blesses us so....

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