Bronwen Excels in the Sorting Pen

Herding sheepdog Bronwen looks over the side of the pen at the sheep

“All my own work” – Bronwen proved exceptionally efficient when we were sorting lambs for market at Dean Farm this morning

We arrived at the farm at 6.30am, where Bronwen and Kay set to work gathering the ewes and lambs from a large field. The two dogs work very well together, primarily because Kay works efficiently on whistle commands, but Bronwen’s not yet been trained to the whistle, so she ignores the commands I give Kay. That way, I can work Bronwen on voice commands, and Kay on the whistle.

Eventually I’ll train Bronwen to the whistle but using different sounds to the ones Kay knows. For the time being though, the system works well.

The two dogs brought the sheep down to the farm buildings and into the handling pens without incident, and I decided to let Bronwen work inside the pen on her own. Kay’s not keen on pen work, so I thought I’d give her a break on this occasion.

It was a good decision. Bronwen really seems to be settling down well now. She works calmly in the field, and today she was excellent in the pens too, pushing the sheep up as required, and not being over-aggressive. As a result, the sheep went through the race smoothly and without a problem.

Kay shepherds the sheep through a gateway
Kay thoroughly enjoyed herself. Here she’s taking the sheep to graze a new field after sorting.


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