Border collies await commands from shepherd Neil Ross. Each dog, Ross explained, responds to a unique whistle.
Border collies keep sheep tightly huddled until they get a command from the shepherd to release them.
Border collies surround a small flock of sheep to keep them in place.
Moving Into Place
Moving sheep is what these dogs are born to do.
The house where shepherd Neil Ross was born. Ross now works for the Lord of the Manor, tending some 2,500 sheep and a few cattle.
Pat Smith cuddles a newborn border collie puppy.
Ready to Go
Sheep dogs are ready to work. Shepherd Neil Ross says the dogs are born knowing that sheep herding is their job.
Scottish Highlands shepherd Neil Ross explains the challenges United Kingdom agriculture faces. They sound similar to those faced by American farmers and ranchers.
Shepherd Neil Ross demonstrates how to shear a sheep, using manual sheers. He explained that he uses manual shears in the spring since they don’t shear as close as electric shears, leaving the sheep a bit more cover in colder weather.