Thursday, August 1, 2013

Ernie's Progress - Day 18

I don't have too much to report today, other than the fact that I used Ernie briefly this morning to move about 75 ewes into a newly expanded section of their paddock.  He did well for the most part - I'd still like to see him open up his flanks, but at least he didn't charge in on the back side of the flock like he usually does.  He also took my lie down command from farther away than he ever has before - I was probably 40 yards from him when I asked him to lie down behind the sheep.  He took it, which allowed the sheep to walk (rather than run) into their new feed.  He also allowed me to call him off easily.

Tomorrow, we'll move 125 ewes off Shanley Hill and down to our corrals.  We'll sort sheep, put them through a footbath, and take the thin ewes to irrigated grass about 1/2 mile from the corrals.  Ernie should be a tired boy tomorrow (as will I)!

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