Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted Nov 12, 2015
When we moved onto the farm there were already about 20 Corriedale sheep on the property. We agreed to keep an eye on them for the previous owner of the property and in turn were compensated for doing so. We enjoyed having them initially, but as time went by the little ones became a big problem. We did not have the fence electrified so the little ones would climb through the fence and run to the neighbor's pasture. Since I hadn't met my neighbors just yet and didn't speak Spanish, I didn't want to be found on their property chasing "my" sheep.
I would retrieve them, return them to their mother, and then about an hour later repeat the process. And the little ones were hard to catch. They knew where to go back to their mother. If they couldn't find her, all they had to do was let out a "baa baa" and their mother would do the same. They would recognize her voice and go to her or they would meet halfway.
We may try again to have sheep on the farm, but probably as much as we don't like the idea, we will have to electrify the fence in order to keep the little ones in. Also, a farmer stopped by one day and pointed to our pasture. We didn't know what he was trying to tell us because he spoke Spanish, and soon after, we knew what he came by for. One of the females had fallen over in a small ditch in the pasture and could not get up on her own. So I helped her back up and she ran off. A day later I found her again on her side not being able to get herself up. They are known for being helpless and not good at defending themselves. This is why they need a shepherd to watch over them.