Warm sunny days and dog trials seem a world away when the Midwest has been in the throws of a polar vortex, blizzards, and freezing rain! However, we jump our clocks ahead in less than 3 weeks and the first day of spring is less than 2 weeks later. Lambing time is near and some have already started!
By Mike Neary, Extension Sheep Specialist: Purdue
(reprinted with permission from July/August 1993 The Working Border Collie)
Foot rot in the ewe flock is a frustrating situation. Anyone who has fought foot rot can attest to this. Seldom is the battle completely won. Foot rot always seems to win a partial victory, whether through decreased production, increased labor and medication costs, decreased ewe longevity and higher culling rates. Foot rot can be a wicked health problem in sheep or can be a mild annoyance.
If you are reading this, chances are you are right there at the beginning--wondering what it takes to start training and handling a stock dog.
Great! You’ve come to the right place. Not that we can tell you everything you need to know in this little article; but the Wisconsin Working Stock Dog Association has the people and the resources to help you along this road.
It is right for us to be proud of our “working dogs.” That word, “working” has been in the title of at least a couple good stock dogs magazines. These are not show dogs. We do not breed for beauty, but for brains.
Please Volunteer For Annual Trial Set Up
Be a saint! Be a Mensch! Be the hero of the sheepdoggy world!
You will be all of those things and an indispensable part the WWSDA's efforts to put on our Annual Trials if you can come to the Badlands Sno-Park on Saturday, August 19 to help set up the trial field.
Work will start at 10:00 a.m. that day where the big tent has been set up (at the very top of the big hill). Please bring any or all of these items that you have: a pair of gloves, pliers, fence pounder, knife, and good work clothes.
If we get rained out on Saturday, please meet on Sunday, August 20. If you have questions about the rain or anything else, contact Claudia Mahon at firstname.lastname@example.org or Susane Hoffman at email@example.com.
The full address for the site is Badlands Sno-Park, 772 Kinney Road, Hudson, WI 54016.
A group of members and friends of the Wisconsin Working Stock Dog Association met on Saturday, January 14 at John and Connie Seraphine's farm in Sycamore, Illinois, to share ideas about how to hold trials that are as free of stress and as full of fun and learning as possible.
Thanks to the efforts of Wisconsin Working Stock Dog Association Jack Knox, Merry Russell and John Wentz, the start of February is a productive time.
Merry Russell organizes our annual Jack Knox sheep- and cattle-dog clinic for the weekend of February 4-5 in the fine indoor arena of JB Ranch LLC in Fort Atkinson.