Sheep Have Bad Press

    How many disparaging phrases have you heard about sheep?  “Led like sheep to the slaughter”; “The black sheep of the family”; “A wolf in sheep’s clothing”… “Not fair” says our shepherd Christopher, and we agree. Sheep’s instinct to herd is their...

Foster Lambs, 2012

  First foster lamb eager for a warm, full tummy Lambing on pasture is natural but can be fraught with difficulties that can result in foster lambs,  so we check the several fields of ewes four times a day.  Often we discover a small problem that could become...

A woolly way of life for Amherst Islanders

by Meghan Balogh, Napanee Guide Newspaper   A short ferry ride from Millhaven has the potential to transport you to another world. On Amherst Island, a 16-by-seven kilometre piece of land in Lake Ontario, life moves by at a different pace. The rolling farmland on...

Shearing Season on the Sheep Farm

  These pregnant ewes are on their way to the barn to be shorn. Their instincts to protect their young lambs from bad weather is enhanced by mamas having thin coats too. Shearing time is the most challenging few days of the year for our farm: we can’t shear wet...

Morning Feeding on the Sheep Farm

The quality of food the sheep receive is reflected in the quality of the lamb we produce. The sheep on Topsy Farm seem to think the quality is excellent. Our partner, Don does most of the morning chores (and takes all of the great photos). Here are his pictures of...