Still here... Went up to a friend's place this week and worked Dan on shedding- apparently, he knew how to do it because he was very very good... Then, popped Joe on her sheep in a small pen a couple times. Joe is ready to start. Then, the next day after work I headed over to another friend's place where I worked Joe again- this time with a noodle. I was told I need to keep the noodle over the sheep's back, so I will try that and also maybe a buggy whip- NOT to hit him with, but to make the ground dangerous as Derek Scrimgeour suggests. He's ready to get started, and to that end, I am getting a few quiet sheep to work Joe on next week. Seems like a nice birthday present.
Just got a call from my hay guy- I am all set to pick up second cutting grass/alfalfa hay. This is great. Those who don't know, second cut is a better choice in many cases, for sheep as they prefer softer hay with less stems, and first cut has more stems and seed heads- generally. I am very happy about this. Was worried. Nothing worse than buying hay your sheep waste.
I have to worm my lambs today, and then I may move them to the other pasture. We will see. The fourth heat wave of the year is coming, and they so love the barn- which they can't access in the other field.
Well, that's it for now.