Agrarian Life: Wayward Sheep Hear the Shepherd’s Voice

March 19, 2010
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Here are a few of the sheep last summer.  The herd has grown quite a bit since last year.  
This year we’ve already had 3 sets of twins since February.


It is truly amazing how much this agrarian life has transformed our thinking and deepened our understanding about life.   I was in the kitchen and noticed our herd of sheep walking through the side yard headed down the drive way towards the road.  The sheep are usually on the other side of the property in a good fenced area, so seeing them in the side yard sent me quickly out of the kitchen announcing to the closest boy in the house, “The sheep are out!”

The sheep are actually our 12 year olds.  He is the shepherd and loves raising his sheep.  He knows each of them by name.  He knows them from afar off.  He knows when one is missing.  He knows when his sheep are  about to lamb.  He usually knows if they are having twins or a single birth just by the way they look.  He knows his sheep, even if many of them look exactly alike to me.  They are distinctly different looking to him because he cares for them on a daily basis.

So the sheep were out, heading towards the road and our 12 year old ran out of the house and called the herd back in the familiar, “Sheep, Sheep, Sheep” call he gives to signal them to come to him.  They turned and started “Baa-ing” at him and ran towards him and followed him back to the safer pasture.

As I watched him take his sheep back to the pasture, I was quickly reminded of the Scripture, John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me..”

When he came back inside, I told him how amazing it is to see his sheep turn when they hear his voice but even more amazing is how we are like sheep and have a Good Shepherd who knows and cares for each of us!

The example was amazing to see in real life…as are many of the agrarian life examples we have seen and experienced while living here on the farm!

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2 Responses to Agrarian Life: Wayward Sheep Hear the Shepherd’s Voice

  1. March 24, 2010 at 8:01 am

    Hi Brenda,

    I wanted to make sure you got an answer to this, so I thought I’d chime in.  The sheep started as a project for our second son, but they have been the easiest and least demanding of all the animals on the farm.  They graze and they have babies.  You can’t ask for much more than that from a farm animal.

    These are meat sheep and when we have a bunch of rams they provide meat for our family or others.  So far when we have had ewes we have just added them to the herd to increase the production for the next year.

    Some of the benefits we have found is that you can have more sheep per acre than cattle, and they are much hardier than most other farm animals.  They don’t need shelter from the weather (at least where we are) and they are parasite resistant so the upkeep is much less than say goats.

  2. Brenda
    March 22, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Beth,

    Just out of curiosity (and ignorance) what function do the sheep have on your farm? 

    My third son is fantastic with animals and is longing to get more that just his chickens (such as goats, cows and rabbits) but we travel so frequently that I am apprehensive about making the investment.  Any advice in that area?

    Thanks.