Friday, October 21, 2016

Falconry and Sheep Herding Exhibition

This time of year, fairs and festivals are plentiful; local New England towns take turns hosting and showcasing.  The animals exhibitions are often the favorite part of many.

Harris's Hawk

Many consider Falconry the oldest of all hunting sports, dating back over 4,000 years.


This is what the Eagle-Owl does when it sees a dog, which in this case, was a well behaved Border Collie.


If interested, click to the British Falconers Club website to watch an 11 minute video on the Grey Partridge conversation efforts (Link).

This Romney sheep breeder discussed issues ranging from the spinning of her wool, to slaughtering techniques to rodent control (she favors black snakes over poison).
Smart Dogs...

...That Want To Work

This Border Collie pup was ready to learn from the big dogs.
"The original Romney Marsh sheep were developed on low lying land in Kent and Sussex, adjoining the English Channel. The area was, and still is, exposed and isolated, so that a hardy breed of sheep was produced requiring the minimum of attention. They have little interest in straying off and require a minimum of fencing. The breed expanded over the rest of the South East of England and became known as Kent Sheep. It then spread all over the world and the name Romney came into general use." - Romney Sheep Breeders Association

Conversations drifted to breeding for color and the challenges of managing dominant and recessive genes.

And one never forgets where they like to be scratched.

Some prefer wool when they sleep.