Smalahundur Posted November 30, 2009 Report Share Posted November 30, 2009 I´m new to this forum ( have spend some time lurking though, there´s a wealth info here, the search function has already prevented a lot of silly questions..), and I´d like to introduce myself. I live in Iceland, though my wife and I are not Icelanders (our two kids are though). Since a couple of years we´re living on a farm owning a small flock of sheep (66 ewes, 6 rams and growing). The whole animal hobby started way earlier with horses by the way, we´ve got nine of those. We also have two (non BC) dogs and a cat. Icelandic sheep farming is very different from that in my home country (the Netherlands). Here after lambing time the ewes and their lambs are simply send on the highlands where they roam free all summer and are rounded up in september (slaughter time) after that they are usually grazing on pasture until weather gets so bad they are put in the stable for the winter. This rounding up is mostly done on horseback but quads are getting more and more popular where the land scape allows use of motorized vehicles (luckely most of it doesn´t so the horses won´t retire soon). These are the so called “göngur” the longer ones take a couple of days, nights spend in shabby mountain cabins. I couple of weeks ago the main “BC man” of Iceland gave a sheepdog clinic near our place and though I don´t own a BC I decided to attend (also cheaper without a dog...) Well this really perked my interest and it´s inevitable now; I need a good Border Collie. So now I´m basically studying the theory of working with stockdogs, reading books and websites. Several posters here recommend the book of Virgil Holland, so that´s on its way. I read the icelandic translation of “the farmer´s dog” by John Holmes , but wasn´t too impressed (original unrevised edition don´t know about the newer versions). So now the next step is to get a border collie, but that´s something that certainly “in case of pup” has no hurry. Ambition is first of all to train a good useful farmdog, but who knows, there has been some trialling done here in Icelandic so maybe in the long run...? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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