10 Myths that people think about sheep farmers


This week we are back to dispel myths about sheep farmers!

10 Myths that people think about sheep farmers

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This week we are back to dispel myths about sheep farmers!

  1. We don’t care about the price of beef and milk.

Just because we aren’t producing beef and milk most certainly does not mean that we don’t care about our fellow farming community members.

At the end of the day, we all find ourselves filling similar shoes. We are all farmers meaning that we look out for each other.

  1. We’re super rich

‘‘A sick sheep is a dead sheep’’ puts that one to bed for good.

Falling prices and increased production costs; enough said.

  1. Lambing is care-free for sheep farmers.

Unfortunately it’s not quite like that for us. Some may even say that you can easily stay all day AND night when the lambing season kicks-off.

Lambing down a couple of hundred ewes in a very short period is a challenge that every sheep farmer must face into.

The toughest three weeks of your life especially when you have large-sized hands I hear you say!

Lambing is not a luxury is a fact.

Tea and biscuits at the ready followed by well-deserved spa treatment.

Those poor hands with the cracks, we most certainly feel your pain!

  1. We don’t know about hardship.

Long hours, an intensive workload and poor returns automatically dispels that one!

Don’t even get us started on the ‘a sick sheep is a dead sheep’ reality.

  1. Sheep-herding is an easy task.

I guess so! Sure don’t they all follow each other? Yes we agree, it is all going good until one member of the two-hundred head flock dodges through a hole in the hedge- a gap you thought one never mind 200 sheep could fit through.

  1. We don’t give two jots about our farm sheep-dog.

Sheep-dogs are a farmer’s best friend. At the end of the day, they are always there when you need them most.

That includes their usual routine task like sheep-herding or indeed being that there as the ideal front-seat passenger, the company ever farmer requires on a long journey home from a tiring day at the mart.

  1. All sheep are the same to us.

Looking from the outside in, we agree it might seem like every one of our 400-500 sheep look the same, but each possess their own unique value.

They all have a story to tell and some even have their own name.

  1. We follow a typical 9-5 working week.

What many don’t realise is that our four-legged ovine beauts claim the position of boss at the end of the day.

When they decide to get sick or introduce new life into the world, it is full-steam ahead, all hands on deck.

Seeing every hour of the clock is something that is rather possible when living life as a hard-core dedicated sheep farmer.

  1. We can never leave the farm

Okay, so technically that isn’t always true. When the bosses allow, you can manage to squeeze a little time out of your busy schedule in order to venture the other side of the farm gate.

Lambing doesn’t take place all year round meaning that you can pop to occasional sheep sales and farm walks within reason

10. We don’t keep up-to-date with farming news

Excuse you? Where did you get that idea from?

That’s Farming boasts a large sheep-farming followership, as our coverage incorporates many areas of the Sheep sector.

In general, farmers LOVE news if you haven’t noticed already!

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