Sheep have been part of our family life for a long time

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Sheep, Border Collies, and Babies

  • Stan is herding Border Leicester and Scottish Blackface sheep with 3 year old Taff and her 5 month old daughter Lenna
  • Stan grew up on a farm in New Jersey managed by his mother, Professor Doris Gnauck White. In addition to teaching at William Paterson University, she took care of many animals that included chickens, pheasants, ducks, geese, polydactyl cats, goats, and sheep. The sheep were often vocal at 5 AM close to Stan’s room. The baahing was annoying and got him out of bed. This early morning sheep alarm led to a life long preference for going to sleep early.
  • The Raja sheep farm is close to Abbie’s childhood home on Old Sudbury Road in Lincoln, Massachusetts. She always admired the sheep grazing. Ellen and her spinning wheel led to many friendly neighborhood conversations. She never imagined becoming a ewe midwife and a lamb bottle baby nurse.
  • Sheep became an important part of the White family home life in 1983. As Farm Manager at Codman Community Farms in Lincoln, Stan became responsible for an unruly flock of sheep. Back then he much preferred taking care of the cattle and pigs compared to the obnoxious sheep. Two resident sheep farmers, Betty Levin and Ellen Raja, began to convince Stan that sheep were indeed great farm livestock. In 1986, Betty provided Stan with a Border Collie puppy that he named Hans. This dog was intense, highly athletic, and energetic. Stan realized that he needed a large flock of sheep to keep the dog happy. Much of his free time was spent herding the sheep with Hans. Simon as an infant in 1988 would often be in Stan’s arms while Hans would be running around the fields. Sometimes, baby Simon would become cold. However, you could tell despite his shivering and blue lips, he was a very happy and content child with his father for chores. 
  • The move to Hardwick in 1989 included a flock of Border Leicester and Scottish Blackface sheep born on Betty Levin’s farm. A barn and fenced pasture were set up a year before our home was ready for occupancy. 
  • Betty sold Stan three more border collies over the years that included Taran, Sweep, and Taff. Lenna was born in our house during a blizzard on 1/27/15. Abbie realized with some resignation, that for the rest of her married life, that sheep and border collies will be present. Simon’s son will be born in May 2020. She anticipates that Simon will hold his baby in middle of a sheep field while herding with Taff and Lenna. Thankfully, the weather will be warm and sunny.
  • We sell grass fed custom butchered lamb direct to customers. Please contact us if you are interested at mail@whitesfieldsfarm.com . The meat is not cheap since there are significant expenses with raising and butchering at Adams Farm in Athol. Our lambs are not weaned. The mother’s diet is mostly grass. We receive compliments on the great taste and flavor and have repeat customers.

Drone Sheep Herding

Fascinating Drone Perspective of Scottish Blackface and Border Leicester Ewes and Lambs Done  by Evan White on April 7, 2019

March 5, 2019 Leaping Lamb

Simon made this charming video of a lamb staying warm on her mother's back.

Sheep Herding by Taff and Lenna March 16, 2016

  

This video was done with a drone owned by John Lyons on March 16, 2016. Lenna is 14 months old. Herding ewes with young lambs is not recommended. Often the ewe's strong maternal instinct overrides compliance to border collie persuasion. Ewe aggression can confuse and disarm border collies. You can see Lenna being challenged by a ewe who senses that she is young and inexperienced. However, Lenna is bold and fearless. She is not intimidated by aggressive and large animals.