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50 Sheep Added to Our Hayfield Restoration Program

For a few years now, Cally and I have been tossing around the idea of bringing sheep here to the farm to compliment the work that the poultry is doing in our pasture (soil) rehabilitation program. The advantages were clear: sheep are smaller than cows (and therefore less of a danger to wee Angus); sheep can be contained by our mobile fencing; sheep are ruminants (and we're a grass/hay farm); sheep "mow" the grass to the perfect height for the chickens; sheep manure is incredibly rich; sheep are so darn cute. But, because we're incredibly careful people—and despite thoughtful encouragement from elders we trust—we hadn't braved the plunge into shepherd-hood. Then, a few weeks ago, there was a knock on our door. To make...

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