Here is Kyle leading the rest of the sheep flock out to the north pasture yesterday morning. The geese are waddling behind, honking with enthusiasm.
Kyle has learned a great deal about sheep over the past six weeks — always lead, never chase; stay out in front so they will flock behind him, etc. He has helped catch sheep, worm them, sort them. He can set up fences and move shelters. He is a huge help.
When I told Kyle he was becoming a real shepherd, he exclaimed happily, “All I need now is a crook!”
Though my fields have slowly improved year after year, I am almost out of grass on the farm. Summer is nearly over.