The Border Collies on the farm help with the everyday chores, holding the sheep off during feeding, moving the sheep to different pastures, sorting them into various feeding groups and other management chores. The Border Collie originated from the border regions between Scotland and England some 500 years ago and is bred for its ability to herd and manage livestock. On their days off, the farm border collies compete in sheep dog trials all over the Northeast region of the country, winning or placing in many of them, and have qualified for the regional club's Fall Foliage Sheep Dog Trial as well as the US National Finals. We are available for hire for herding demos at fairs and festivals.
Herding lessons are available by appointment. The farm offers a number of different-sized areas and varieties of sheep and ducks for training anything from the beginning dog all the way to the more advanced dog.