Yes, it's true, she's a herding failure. We got her from a little farm when she was one year old because she wouldn't work the cattle. But she can work a ball to death!I think Wren has not been informed of her heritage and duties! Or if she has, she's refusing to abide by them.
She probably figures why should she do all the work, there are 2 perfectly good humans around to herd the sheep! LOLYes, it's true, she's a herding failure. We got her from a little farm when she was one year old because she wouldn't work the cattle. But she can work a ball to death!
Mike, like you we DO SHEEP, but had a good deal offered to us last summer of trading some sheep for 2 cows, sure why not right...…… Well we were not set up to handle cows or not sure how we were going to get them loaded when the day came. This is what we did, we put the trailer in the pasture that cows were in and unhooked it and removed vehicle, we blocked behind the tire of trailer and opened the back gate, we drove a t-post and just hooked a chain around the back gate to t-post so it could not close in the wind.....We then put feed pan on ground right at back of trailer, we let cows eat out of it there for several days, then we moved feed pan inside trailer about 4 ft or so, just enough they could see it and they knew that was the pan that had their yummy feed in it, they did indeed hop right up in the trailer and ate, we fed in this same place for several days. Once comfortable getting into trailer and eating and getting themselves back out, we kept moving towards the front of trailer until the day came that they were eating all the way up front of trailer and very comfortable...Well the day came for slaughter day and once they got in we unchained and quickly closed door behind them and I couldn't believe how easy it was, then we backed truck in and hooked up and pulled out of pasture.....Note: we already had a slaughter date set, we began doing the feed pan behind the trailer about 7 days before the slaughter date and it only took about 5 days and all was working well, yes there was cow poo back of trailer doing it this way but nothing a pressure washer couldn't clean up!I moved the cows into the paddock that I'll use to load them up when the time comes. They have gotten trained to the bucket well enough that they just followed me across the field. I put up a catch pen up and they stood there and watched so they don't seem to fear it and went right in when I put some feed out for them. It's just T-posts and cattle panels but I'm hoping that will do since they seem pretty calm. We have a buyer for 1/2 of one and hopefully can get a taker for another half and we have enough freezer space to keep the slightly smaller Angus for ourselves. I'll pull the trailer out there using the tractor and just leave it there out of the way for them to get used to.