Feeling sheepish

imageBack in February we mentioned that the sheep were happily grazing away fattening up for market around Easter time – our first fauret into the world of fattening lambs. Well, a few days ago we had a visit from an experienced livestock auctioneer to assess their readiness for sale.

We assembled our perfect sheep mustering team – one granny, 3 under 7s, one pickup, and one runner. We set out towards the sheep with a plan to calmly walk them across the field, and round to the pen we had set up. All went to plan until they were approaching the pen. A backward glance from one sheep signalled dissension in the ranks and before we knew where we were the flock had scattered in all directions.

image-8They subsequently took us on a number of laps of the field, during which time we reached a few standoffs – the sheep, grouped together, chests heaving, looking at us as if to say ‘are we done yet?’.

A good half hour later and with a great over exertion of effort, and far less cunning, we did succeed in capturing a representative sample of the flock.

Those we caught gave a good impression and were deemed sufficiently ‘fattened’ and ready for market. Apparently their unwillingness to be captured shows they are in good health too- so it was all worth it. Let it be said that I most definitely have a new appreciation for sheepdogs!

image

3 thoughts on “Feeling sheepish

Add yours

  1. We had a delicious Easter dinner of hogget from Romney Marsh cooked by one of my sisters. It has a better flavour than lamb though it is difficult to buy. Hogget — A term for a sheep of either sex having no more than two permanent incisors in wear, or its meat. Still common in farming usage, it is now rare as a domestic or retail term for the meat. Are you eating any of yours? They certainly look chunky!

    1. Yes! Hogget is a term I’ve come across just recently, but hadn’t heard that specific definition. You are right that it’s not a term you see in butcher’s or supermarkets. Good to hear good reviews of it. We will keep a couple of sheep for ourselves, so will be able to report back on taste in due course (Second chapter of the sheep story to come…).

  2. We had a delicious Easter dinner of hogget from Romney Marsh cooked by one of my sisters. It has a better flavour than lamb though it is difficult to buy. Hogget — A term for a sheep of either sex having no more than two permanent incisors in wear, or its meat. Still common in farming usage, it is now rare as a domestic or retail term for the meat. Are you eating any of yours? They certainly look chunky!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Proudly powered by WordPress | Theme: Baskerville 2 by Anders Noren.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: