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Will You Be The First Sheep?

January 9, 2021

Have you ever been so excited about something that you could just take off and run?

Aimlessly and without direction. Running just for the fun and sheer enjoyment of running. Running to the point that maybe you forgot why you were running or what you were so excited about to begin with?

Haha well likely you are wondering when my update from the frontlines of regenerative agriculture and family farming turned into a gym pitch and let me assure you that that is not the case. 

But I could think of no better description for the behavior that I witnessed my entire flock of sheep and goats exhibit when I moved them last week to a new section of winter stockpiled forage. 

Sheep in particular are just funny creatures. They get excited easily (in a good super enthusiastic way) and they will often just jump and spin in the air. Just randomly or when walking through a gate. I will try to take a video of that sometime. Its hard to catch but hysterical to watch. 

Anyway, last week after being released on a new section of winter stockpiled forage (grass set aside for later) the sheep and goats became so excited that they just ran and ran and ran. 

You have to watch this

Sometimes its the simple things on the farm that can bring the most joy. 

Honestly though the sheep reminded me of a good lesson: Be Thankful

And when you experience something good (even things that happen almost every day) celebrate, be joyful, have a little fun. Don't be afraid to show that you are thankful.

After all, as you just saw, such joy filled behavior is contagious. If the first sheep had never started running and jumping just because it wanted to, the others almost certainly would not have either and they all would have missed out. 

Can you be the first sheep to run this week?

David Boatright

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