The cattle, sheep and ducks of Diamond Aire Farm so far have only been seen in the working pictures of the dogs. I've had many comments on how nice our stock is, so I thought it's time they had their own web page.
The cattle are grade Herefords and Hereford crosses. The breeding herd consists of about 25 cows and usually we have two breeding bulls. The stock we use for the trials and training are the weaned calves each year, which of course, means the trial cattle are different ones every trial season.
When they first are weaned in January or February, they are pretty wild. But feeding them everyday gets them used to people and dogs. After the snow is gone(April or May) we start moving the whole group to the arena. They are worked around as a big group, then we start breaking the big group down to smaller groups, then to groups of 3 as they will be used in our trials. By the time we are trialing them, they are respectful of the dogs and people. That does not mean they are course broke or so easy to move any dog can do it. If the handler is knowledgeable and the dog is on balance and has some "push", the cattle will move where they are directed, if not they probably won't leave the back fence!
JJ is our purebred Hereford bull who came from Maple Crest Farm in Wisconsin The cows and calves in summer pasture.
He is a handsome fellow!
Pat feeding his cows. They hear the tractor and the feed mill and come running!
The sheep are mostly Border Leicester and Cheviot cross, there are a few hair sheep too. I like the size and the looks of the cross bred offspring and the way they work with the dogs. There are 20 -30 working ewes, who work (training, trialing) from when they wean their lambs (the end of April or beginning of May) until about the end of October.
I brought a few hair sheep into the flock so my dogs would be used to seeing sheep that looked different!
The working sheep consist of the "heavy" ewes for starting green dogs, the little bit lighter ewes for the intermediate dogs and the quite light ones for the more advanced dogs.
Raymond the Border Leicester Ram. Ewes and lambs. Stan the Cheviot ram.
Heather and Oreo practicing.
Ducks - what can I say about the ducks? I really work at keeping them alive - the racoons, opossum and owls like to eat them and they like to kill each other. There are Swedish Blues and Blacks, Rowens, Pekins and a few other odd ducks.
There have been some very nice looking ducks here and most of the time they work with the dogs good. Mostly for trialing I try to get 5 ducks that remotely like each other and stay in a group so a dog can have a decent run if he does not hassle them too much!
Aww, spring, time to stretch your wings! Puppies like ducks! Kaysie working ducks nicely.
Some beautiful Swedish Blues.