The Wanting Mind

The old Wanting Mind is raising its ugly head.  Not sure why, maybe because it’s kind of slow at work so I have time to look at things in the Internet and start thinking about what I might want.  A while back it was on-line dating sites.  Yea, I want a man (NOT!) and it didn’t take too long for me to figure out the err of my ways.  Then I started looking at Border Collie puppies, etc.  What is wrong with me?  Someone please whack me up side the head.

Okay, whacking done … I’m off that one-way trip to somewhere I do not need to go.  Like I need another dog.

I have a stock lesson (herding lesson if you want to call it that) on Saturday with a very, very talented handler.  I’ve been after her for a long time to help me with stock dog training.  She’s finally relented.  The wonderful thing is that she’s within a reasonable driving distance from me.  I’ll still only do one lesson a month with her, but that should give me things to work on so my training will have a bit more direction than it has had lately. 

The grass was mowed around my house yesterday so either I’ll have to leave the sheep and goats where they are right now or move them down back.  I plan to stop on my way home tonight and pick up a bottle of Cydectin wormer and worm all the lambs and goats who appear anemic.  The copper boluses came in the mail today.  I figure I might as well worm the lambs who are anemic to clean them out, then start out clean with the copper supplements and hope that the copper prevents the necessity of worming in the future.  If you look at the photo at the end of this article, you’ll see a neat way to worm sheep without a second person to help.  I can set up a similar arrangement along the fence line of my fenced-in area using cattle panels and use Gel to push the sheep through.  I can check their eye lids for anemia and worm them if necessary then let the lamb (or goat) go.

I dropped my lawn mower off at the shop this morning and will pick it up on my way home.  The grass in the far back pasture that was recently hayed is not too tall so I suppose I could sent my fence down there for next week.  Kitty and Rose are up to the trek down there now so I guess that would be the best thing to do.  There has been no stock on that grass for over a month now so the risk of re-infection with worms is minimal.  I’ll call the man who is going to do the haying and ask him to leave that field for last.  He’s got over 100 acres to mow so it will be several weeks before he gets it all done.  Once the fields are hayed, I can set up my panels and pen and leave them there for the winter and possibly still set my ElectroNet in the pasture that’s immediately behind my house.  Gel is more than capable of transporting sheep and goats back and forth even if it has to be done in the dark.

My extra time is so much better spent reading about things like using copper wire particles for worming and how to build chutes to enable handling a group of sheep and goats on my own if necessary. 

We go to get my dairy goat on Sunday!